Antibiotics can turn hospital beds into hotbeds for spread of C. difficile infection

Antibiotics can turn hospital beds into hotbeds for spread of C. difficile infection

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Recent studies show C. difficile can be transmitted to patients who are not on antibiotics themselves but use the same hospital bed as antibiotic-treated patients.
28 Oct 2016 - General
Madhubabu kaaja
Other risk factors for C. diff infection include:
* Surgery of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
* Diseases of the colon such as inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer
* A weakened immune system
* Use of chemotherapy drugs
* Previous C. diff infection
* Advanced age -- 65 or older
* Kidney disease
* Use of drugs called proton-pump inhibito...
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C.Difficile infective diarrhoea is a serious hospital acquired infection, that can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. The treatment and management of C.Difficile diarrhoea can be challenging at time. Antibiotic usage will increase the risk of acquiring C.Difficile diarrhoea. Antibiotic will alter the microbiota environment in our gut, which may lead to C. difficile to thrive and produce toxins. C.Difficile can be spread by faecal-oral route. The C. difficile bacteria and their spores c...
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Madhubabu kaaja Thank you for the article. True enough, a large number of physicians like to spam antibiotics especially in the ICU setting, because that is the only way to treat sepsis in patient. However, antibiotics is a double edged sword, the side effects which also could lead to Clostridium Differcile infection causing pseudomembranous colitis and worsens the patient's condition. Many hospital outbreaks of CD toxin are actually caused by usage of long-term antibiotics.
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Based on my own personal experience, the detection rate of Clostridium difficile infections have increased from the time that I was a medical student. I am note sure if this is because of poor sterilization technique, irrational use of antimicrobials, or because of improved detection tests for C. difficile. This is one of the problems that is being caused by prolonged utilization of antibiotics that are not needed. In our institution, we have a hospital infection control committee (HICC) that su...
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Hospital-acquired infections are a serious cause for concern in hospitals or other health care settings. A recent study has shown that C. difficile infections (CDI) can be transmitted to the patients who are not on antibiotics but use the same hospital bed as antibiotic-treated patients. Research has also shown that huge portion of the patients in acute care facilities are involved in the spreading of CDI infection. So awareness campaigns regarding CDI must be conducted and routine testing must ...
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