Clostridium Difficile

C. difficile infections are a common form of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). According to the CDC, C. difficile caused almost half a million infections in the U.S. in 2011, with 29,000 individuals dying within 30 days of initial diagnosis. The Peggy Lillis Foundation (PLF) provides 5 strategies and actions to reduce the occurrence of C. diff. PLF […]

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HAIs in the News: Cleveland.com, January 3, 2012 Doctors are more frequently considering fecal transplants as an alternative treatment to Clostridium difficile infections. In an article in Cleveland.com, Diane Suchetka discusses the benefits and disadvantages to using fecal transplants to fight these serious infections. The remedy operates on the premise that antibiotics wipe out beneficial […]

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Registration for APIC’s 2013 Clostridium difficile Educational and Consensus Conference is now open. The conference will be held on March 11-12, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The two-day conference will provide critical inforation about preventing Clostridium difficile infections in facilities. Topics include: Identification of current and future challenges Special care settings (LTC, LTAC, rehabilitation) Antimicrobial stewardship […]

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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 […]

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The Missouri Center for Patient Safety has initiated a pilot hand hygiene project with several facilities located in southeast Missouri. The theme for the project is “Five Moments for No Momo.” [box style=”rounded”]”In the early 1970’s, there were reports of a large hairy monster stalking the Louisiana, Missouri area who became known as ‘Momo the […]

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On December 1, sale 2010, The New Mexico Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee  issued its New Mexico Healthcare-associated Infections 2010 Report. Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) The report covers a data collection period of May 2009 through April 2010.  During this time period 16 pediatric and adult ICUs in 11 hospitals identified 0.78 CLABSI per 1,000 […]

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