94 percent of C diff infections are traced back to medical care received in health care facilities; of those, 75 percent are first identified in nursing home patients.
New York, NY (PRWEB) April 06, 2012
Clostridium difficile, or C diff, is a bacterial infection that causes chronic diarrhea in affected patients and can even lead to death. In fact, it is associated with 14,000 deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC says that while most serious healthcare-associated infections are decreasing, the number of C diff infections are currently at an all-time high among U.S. hospitals - occurring in both inpatient and outpatient care.
Patients taking antibiotic medications or who are over the age of 65 are the primary targets for C diff infections, especially those who recently or regularly receive treatment at a medical facility, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to American Medical News, 94 percent of C diff infections are traced back to medical care received in health care facilities; of those, 75 percent are first identified in nursing home patients or people who recently visited an outpatient clinic or doctor's office.
These numbers are concerning, notes medical malpractice attorney Jeff Lichtman. But he says that the good news is that in most cases it is possible to prevent spreading c diff infections when healthcare facilities take proper prevention steps.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the key is "infection control and smart antibiotic prescribing recommendations." Such precautions that can be taken by hospitals include:
- Properly prescribing antibiotics to patients
- Testing patients for c diff if they have been taking antibiotics for long periods
- Placing patients in private rooms who are known or suspected to have a c diff infection
- Using gloves when treating patients to prevent spreading
For more information about dealing with injuries from hospital infections, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman by visiting the firm’s website at http://www.tglmedicalmalpractice.com or calling 800-407-7190.
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