SDW news brief: C. diff can travel through the air

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 28, 2010

British researchers have discovered Clostridium difficile (C. diff) can travel through the air, making infection prevention efforts more difficult for hospitals. Previously, C-diff was only thought to be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces.

The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, did not find evidence that C. diff can be inhaled. The danger lies in the fact that germs can travel through the air, landing on surfaces where they are then picked up.

The findings increase the need for hospitals to isolate suspected C. diff patients as soon as a case is suspected, rather than waiting for confirmation before beginning isolation precautions.

Source: The New York Times

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