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Published On: Mon, Nov 25th, 2013

Guelph General Hospital declares C diff outbreak

Due to an increase in the numbers of Clostridium difficile cases during September and October, in consultation with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, officials at Guelph General Hospital (GGH) have declared an outbreak of C. difficile.

Clostridium difficile Image/CDC

Clostridium difficile
Image/CDC

According to a news release Friday, GGH typically experiences one or two cases of hospital-acquired C. difficile a month. Currently, four patients have C. difficile and as a result, an outbreak was declared.

Hospital officials are reminding all visitors to clean their hands using the supplied hand sanitizing gel both entering and leaving all areas of the building. In addition, the hospital has increased its commitment to a safety culture by increasing its emphasis on hand hygiene education and auditing of the staff and physicians.

In addition, GGH has increased infection prevention education and information to front line staff, enhanced its cleaning protocols and reviewed all cases of unexplained diarrhea by patients.

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium found throughout nature; soil, water and the intestines of humans and various animals. It has been isolated in the feces of 3% of healthy adults according to one study. It is however more prevalent in hospitalized adults with colonization rates of up to 30 percent seen.

It is implicated as a causative bacterium of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and pseudomembranous colitis (PMC). The problem is when there is a decrease of normal intestinal flora typically due to the use of antibiotics (the list of antibiotics is quite long). This allows the C. difficile that is normally in check, to flourish and produce some potent toxins that results in diarrhea or the potentially life-threatening PMC.

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