CDC Report: Deadly Bacteria Spreading Across Medical Facilities
Report: Deadly Bacteria Spreading Across Medical Facilities
According to a new Vital
Signs issued earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), infections from Clostridium difficile (C.
difficile), a bacteria that causes diarrhea and other health issues, is a
patient safety concern in all types of medical facilities, not just hospitals
as traditionally thought. While many healthcare-associated infections, such as
bloodstream infections, declined in the past decade, C. difficile infection rates
and deaths climbed to historic highs. The report highlights:
difficile infections are linked to 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
related to C. difficile increased 400 percent between 2000 and 2007, due
in part to a stronger germ strain.
C. difficile infections are connected with receiving medical care.
half of infections occur in people younger than 65, but more than 90
percent of deaths occur in people 65 and older.
25 percent of C. difficile infections first show symptoms in hospital
patients; 75 percent first show in nursing home patients or in people
recently cared for in doctors' offices and clinics.
difficile infections can be prevented. Early results from hospital
prevention projects show 20 percent fewer C. difficile infections in less
than two years with infection prevention and control measures.