Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Clostridium difficile

Last week's BMJ had an editorial discussing the rise in cases of C. diff in hospitals, and asking if it is appropriate to view outbreaks in the same way as outbreaks of MRSA. Read the editorial at http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/334/7596/708.

Today's Daily Mirror, I noticed, had an article telling how a hospital somewhere (Dudley?) had decided not to continue using its hi-tech cleaning equipment, and to go back to using bleach, as the new equipment was not having the desired effect.

There is at present an outbreak of C. diff. at James Paget Hospital, Gorleston. Google finds their press release at www.jpaget.co.uk/press/Cdiff%20proactive%20statement%2030%20March%2007.pdf . For news sources from the area, try the Eastern Daily Press, East Anglian Daily Times and Lowestoft Journal.

1 comment:

Karen KW13037@aol.com said...

I found the article to be very interesting. I am currently doing an infection control report on C-Diff for my LPN program I'm attending. Any other useful information on this illness would be wonderful.