Today Consumers Union, the policy in action arm of Consumer Reports, is launching “The Low-Down Dozen,” a social media project to call attention to twelve hospitals that earned low scores for avoiding five infections in our latest ratings.
Categories: C. diff, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, MRSA
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Safe Patient Project is available for interviews on the subject also collect stories from patients who have experiences with C. difficile infections.
Guest blog post for CDC by Christian Lillis, co-founder of the NY-based patient safety organization, Peggy Lillis Foundation. Christian is a member of CU’s Safe Patient Project activist network.
“The majority of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections, which are bacterial infections that cause severe diarrhea and are potentially life-threatening, occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices for other conditions, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published this week in Pediatrics. “
“A new study finds nearly 1 in 4 healthcare workers’ hands were contaminated with Clostridium difficile spores after routine care of patients infected with the bacteria. “
Doctors create ‘poop pills’ that transfer feces from healthy people into guts of patients with infections
“Doctors have found a way of putting healthy people’s poop into pills to cure serious gut infections – a less invasive way of carrying out ‘fecal transplants’.”
Researcher: The rate of Clostridium difficile infections in U.S. hospitals nearly doubled in the decade between 2001 and 2010
The Dexter family shares their story of losing the “matriarch” of their family to a ravaging C.diff infection.
NEJM study suggests that community acquired c. difficile comes from health care settings.