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News: Most C. Diff infections start in healthcare facilities

Case Management Weekly, March 14, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called on all providers, from nursing homes to private physician practices, to take more aggressive steps to educate each other on the risks of the deadly infection Clostridium difficile, commonly referred to as C. Diff.

"What this means is that hospitals... are partly at the mercy of surrounding facilities because patients so often transfer back and forth between facilities or are seen by so many providers," Ileana Arias, the CDC's principal deputy director, said during a news briefing on March 6. "An infection in one place can easily become a problem in another practice or facility too."

Healthcare providers used to think many C. difficile infections occurred randomly in the community, added Clifford McDonald, MD, CDC epidemiologist and lead author of a new CDC report on the topic from 2010. But the CDC's report "shows that most of these so-called community infections actually occur in people with recent exposure to medical facilities such as outpatient surgery or [who have] just visited their doctor's office. In fact, "everywhere medical care is given."

Read more on the HealthLeaders Media website.



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