5 Facts You Didn't Know About C diff
C diff is a nasty bug. It's hard to kill. It's a major problem in healthcare facilities.
It's a gram negative rod. It is anaerobic, and endosporic. When stressed it forms dormant spores. And the smell will knock you dead.
- C diff kills 14,000 people a year.
- C diff forms a heat resistant dormant spore when stressed. It can survive in this state for up to 5 months until it finds its way into a person's digestive system.
- It infects 13% of patients in the hospital for two weeks. It infects 50% of patients in the hospital for greater than 4 weeks.
- Fecal bacteriotherapy (stool transplant) may be used to treat C diff. A healthy person donates their fecal matter that is then placed in the patient's gut. The idea being the healthy person's gut bacteria will replace the C diff in the patient's gut. This can be delivered either by enema, colonoscope, or NG tube.
- 33% of rooms occupied by non C diff patients cultured positive for C diff.
So remember folks: Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
The first step in prevention starts with you.
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