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Category: Clostridium difficile

What You Should Know about Hand Hygiene

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Author: L. Clifford McDonald Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The science is clear: clean hands can protect patients and healthcare providers from dangerous and deadly infections. Yet, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.1 CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Read More >

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Impact of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings

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Author: J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, PLNC, VA-BC™, CDONA, IP-BC, FACDONA Editor-in-Chief The Director: Journal of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Master Trainer Post-acute care settings such as skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) and acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) cater to an Read More >

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Searching for C. difficile at Hospital Admission: A Commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine

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Author: L. Clifford McDonald, MD Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Patients receiving medical care for something else can get an infection known as a healthcare-associated infection. The most common bacteria responsible for these infections in hospitals is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). In a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, my Read More >

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C Diff Foundation Launches Patient, Family Support Program

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Guest Author: Nancy Caralla Executive Director of C Diff Foundation C. difficile (C. diff.) infections are responsible for almost half a million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the U.S. A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions including confusion, Read More >

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CDC and HRET Work Together to Fight Infections in Hospitals

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Author: Carolyn Gould, MD, MSCR CDC Team Lead for Hospital Infection Prevention On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospitalized patients has a healthcare-associated infection, with an estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections each year, resulting in 75,000 infection-associated deaths. Ebola infection of two healthcare personnel in the U.S. in 2014 further highlighted the need to Read More >

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