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Study: Hospitals not doing all they can to prevent C. diff

Hospital Safety Insider, May 7, 2015

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Nearly half of U.S. hospitals aren’t taking key steps to prevent a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more, according to a report in Infection Control Today.

The report quoted a study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, in which nearly all of the 398 hospitals were reported to use a variety of measures to protect patients from Clostridium difficile infections, but 48% hadn’t adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics that can allow the dangerous infection to grow, despite evidence that such measures work.

Also according to the report, most of the hospitals had programs to monitor for C. diff infections, and use protective gear and other means when treating a C. diff-infected patient, so that it doesn’t spread to other patients. But a lack of antimicrobial stewardship programs were found in almost half of the hospitals surveyed.

 



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