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C. diff in Our Kids: A Call to Action

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.

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Severe diarrheal illness in children linked to antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices

“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. “

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Study Shows Healthcare Workers’ Hands Contaminated with C. difficile After Routine Care

“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. “

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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’.”

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C. Diff Rates Doubled in Decade

Researcher: The rate of Clostridium difficile infections in U.S. hospitals nearly doubled in the decade between 2001 and 2010

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Patient story: Dexter family turns loss into activism

The Dexter family shares their story of losing the “matriarch” of their family to a ravaging C.diff infection.

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Clostridium difficile Leaves the Hospital—What’s Next?

NEJM study suggests that community acquired c. difficile comes from health care settings.

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Fecal Transplant: FDA Wants Regulation

Fecal transplants have been successful in the treatment of the antibiotic resistant bacteria C-difficile. Should the FDA be regulating this as a biologic?

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Targeted screening can reduce spread of C. diff infection

New study published in the May issue of American Journal of Infection Control finds testing patients with 3 risk factors when they’re admitted could help hospitals reduce spread of C.diff infection.

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“It’s not just statistics…it’s somebody’s Mom”

Hospital infections leave a lasting impact on the individuals and families who had to experience them. For Mary Brennan-Taylor, hospital infections took the life of her mother, Alice Brennan, who passed away in 2009 after entering the hospital for pain and swelling in her leg.

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