Search Tag: C. difficile

Executive Health Management

Dirty laundry cause of infections

2018 24 Oct

New research suggests that "dirty" linens in hospitals could be a source of sporadic outbreaks of Clostridium difficile infection. This is because laundering of contaminated hospital bedsheets does not completely remove all traces of C. difficile, a bacteria that causes infectious diarrhoea, according to the research published in the journal Infection... Read more

ICU Management

Test can identify ICU patients at risk of life-threatening infections

2018 20 Jun

Researchers in the UK say a new test can help identify patients in intensive care units (ICUs) at great risk of developing life-threatening secondary infections, including from antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and C. difficile . The test is used to identify the presence of markers on three immune cells that correlate with an increased... Read more

ICU Management

Sleeping with the enemy: C.difficile infection in ICU

2017 01 Nov

There has been an increase in the number and severity of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in all medical settings, including the intensive care unit (ICU), in recent years. An estimated 10-20% of patients are colonised with C. difficile without showing signs of infection and spores can be found throughout ICUs. However, it is not yet possible... Read more

ICU Management

Treating C. Difficile with Faecal Microbiota

2016 13 Jan

Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) using frozen stool is just as effective as transplantation using fresh stool in resolving diarrhoea among adult patients with recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The findings are published in JAMA . CDI has become a major health concern because of limited treatment options and associated... Read more

Executive Health Management

C. Diff Infection Needs Concerted Action

2015 19 Nov

According to an article published in Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice , the appropriate use of antibiotics is critical for controlling the ongoing epidemic of healthcare related Clostridium difficile infection.  There is an urgent need to take steps for the reduction of the growing burden of C.Diff infections (CDI). C.diff is known to cause... Read more

Executive Health Management

Robots Cut C.difficile Transmissions

2015 18 Oct

According to new research conducted by Penn Medicine infection control specialists, ultraviolet robots can clean rooms and help reduce the transmission of Clostridum difficile among cancer patients by 25 percent.  Blood cancer patients are a group that is more vulnerable to hospital acquired infections. Interventions using UV robots not only reduced... Read more