C. diff

Considered an epidemic, C. diff is a hospital infection which affects 500,000 patients and causes 17,500 deaths every year. C. diff is an intestinal bacteria that lives in about 5% of the general population, but doesn’t harm most people until their immune systems are compromised by an illness and/or antibiotics. It is usually transmitted through fecal-oral contact, and because C. diff has heat-resistant spores, the bacteria can survive the cool hospital environment for a long period of time.

You can help prevent the spread of C. diff in hospitals by being informed and alert. Follow this simple checklist, which also helps you detect the infection in its early stages.

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