Are Hospitals Doing Enough to Prevent C. difficile Infections? - April 14, 2016

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is one of the most common healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in the United States, causing an estimated 100,000 infections yearly. C. diff is a bacterium that causes colitis and can infect people through direct contact with items or surfaces contaminated with the bacteria. Individuals that have existing illnesses or conditions with prolonged use of antibiotics are at a greater risk of the disease. However, healthcare workers can also spread the bacteria to patients or contaminate surfaces through contact (CDC). 

According to Infection Control Today, a study presented by the University of Michigan's Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology reports that "nearly half of American hospitals aren't taking key steps to prevent a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more." Although all hospitals have to monitor for C. diff infections, a lack of antibiotic-limiting efforts are a main concern in infection control. The article states, "more than 60 percent of hospitalized patients receive antibiotics -- and as much as 50 percent of that antibiotic use may be inappropriate." With an increase and overuse, simply using antibiotics in these conditions is cause for antibiotic resistance in C. diff because it causes a lack of normal intestinal bacteria. This allows for the hard to treat bacteria to cause severe and life threatening infections. 

In addition, another study presented by Premier, Inc in the American Journal of Infection Control presents a study where C. diff increases hospital costs by 40 percent per case and "puts those infected at high risk for longer hospital stays and readmission".

Since C. diff spores can persist in hospital environments for weeks, preventative steps in infection control should be a top priority. UVC Cleaning Systems offers products that provide a 99.9% kill rate of Clostridium difficile and can help in the fight against the number one healthcare associated infection!

Preparing for the Unexpected - May 12, 2016

Infectious disease disasters have plagued mankind throughout the course of human history. Millions have suffered and died from pandemics such as influenza, Ebloa, rotaviruses, coronaviruses such as SARS, and many more. Yet, according to...

Pathogen Outbreaks in Communities - May 10, 2016

Each year there are numerous pathogen outbreaks in a variety of communities. The first steps in infection control strategies are reduction and elimination of the pathogen. UVC Cleaning Systems technology can be extremely effective in aiding...

Elizabethkingia Bacteria Outbreak - April 18, 2016

Recently, throughout the Midwestern United States there has been an outbreak of the bacteria Elizabethkingia anophelis. The current outbreak in Wisconsin has resulted in 56 confirmed cases and 17 deaths. The bacteria has also been...

Prevalence of HCAI's - April 12, 2016

Summary: Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals in the United States are infected with Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs).With updated infection technology, including UVC disinfecting, these numbers can be greatly reduced and in...
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