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C. diff

C. diff

Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea when one’s natural stomach “flora” has been eliminated by antibiotics. Without a natural ecosystem to protect the stomach, bacteria moves in and takes over. C-diff can also be spread from person to person.

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Consumers Union Documents

  • CDC warns about 'deadly diarrhea germ'
    Source: Consumer Reports (Tuesday March 6, 2012)

    Some 14,000 Americans die every year from a bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. for short, and another 300,000 are hospitalized, according to a report released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And unlike other hospital-acquired infections, those numbers are going up instead of down—largely due to the rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria.

  • FDA explains links between C-difficile and stomach acid drugs
    Source: FDA (Monday February 28, 2011)

    These drugs are also known as proton pump inhibitors

  • Quick Steps for Searching Hospital Compare Infection Information

    Central Line Bloodstream Infection Information Now Available for Hospitals Nationwide Instructions for Finding Out About Your Hospital: The Department of Health & Human Services is now disclosing for the first time information to compare central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units at hospitals across the country. Three months of CLABSI information for Continue Reading

  • CU Policy Brief: C. difficile

    The growth of infections caused by Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a highly alarming trend in hospitals today.

Consumers Union News Releases

  • Consumers Union News Release on CDC National Report on 2013 Hospital-Acquired Infections

    Atlanta, GA – A national report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a continued decline in most of the types of hospital-acquired infections that are publicly reported. However, the 2013 data reveals that there is still much work to be done to reach the long-term goal of eliminating hospital-acquired infections, as set out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And, nationally, hospitals have failed to meet the 5-year goals set by HHS.

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News Articles

  • Christian Lillis: Funding superbug research is critical
    Source: Baltimore Sun (Monday June 2, 2014)

    Christian Lillis, executive director of Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation says more funding is needed to help scientists tackle the most dangerous superbugs, including C.diff that led to his mother’s death.

  • Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC
    Source: HealthDay (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    “About one of every 25 U.S. hospital patients contracts an infection during their stay, and doctors can’t say for certain why half those infections occur, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

  • NPR: Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die
    Source: NPR (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    NPR covers the new CDC report on hospital infections. “Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big problem in health care, with 4 percent of patients getting a new infection while hospitalized, a study finds. And 11 percent of those infections turn deadly.”

  • One in 25 patients battling hospital-acquired infections: CDC
    Source: Reuters (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    “On any given day, one in 25 hospitalized patients – 4 percent – is battling an infection picked up in a hospital or other healthcare facility, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

  • CDC Director: Hospital infections down but still deadly, dangerous
    Source: FoxNews (Wednesday March 26, 2014)

    CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden writes a piece for FoxNews on the dangers of hospital infections. The CDC released a progress report on hospital infections today that found some progress in reducing hospital infections but more work needs to be done. Dr. Frieden shares five patient stories on hospital infections, including stories from advocates in Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project network.

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