California Hospital Plans Three-Prong Attack Against Clostridium Difficile

June 8, 2011

Hospital Battles Against Clostridium difficile Infections

Dr. Eric Pifer, Chief Medical Officer for El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California aims to battle Clostridium difficile infections at the hospital using a three-pronged mechanism, according to a June 7, 2011 article in the Mountain View Voice.

Infections Attibutable to Antibiotics and Heartburn Medications

Dr. Pifer notes the C. diff trend is attributable to the excessive use of antibiotics and certain medications prescribed for heartburn. ¬†Although lacking data to support his assumption, he believes that a large portion of C. diff cases at El Camino hospital are due in part by seniors “on a regimen of proton pump inhibitors before entering the hospital.”

Three-Pronged Approach to Reducing C. Diff Infections

Pifer plans to reduce cases of C. diff at El Camino by using a three-pronged approach:

  1. Raise awareness of C. diff,
  2. Rigorous disinfection of rooms of patients diagnosed with C. diff, and
  3. Urging doctors at the hospital to be more prudent in prescribing antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors.

Click to read the Mountain View Voice article about El Camino Hospital’s infection program.

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