NEVER (NorthEast Voices for Error Reduction) is made up of member patient safety and advocacy organizations located throughout the northeast. The mission of NorthEast Voices for Error Reduction (NEVER) is the empowerment of patients and the elimination of healthcare harm by: advocating for patient interests in healthcare delivery; educating the public, the media, elected officials about patient safety, working toward a transparent and accountable healthcare system.
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.
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.
- 3 Hospital Superbugs You Should Know By Name
Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.
- Video: What do we want? Safe health care!
Medical harm is the third leading cause of death in the US. These Safe Patient Project activists are doing amazing things to change that. Check out our new video!
- California Safe Patient activists celebrate progress and testify at Medical Board of California meeting
A week ago, our Consumers Union (CU) Safe Patient Project staff went to sunny California to meet with our network of activists that are working to protect CA patients from medical harm. Find out what we did!
- Cliff Sniffs C.diff
Last week an interesting study from the Netherlands demonstrated that a dog trained in detection was able to sniff out the presence of Clostridium difficile superbug (aka, c.difficile or c.diff) in hospital patients.
- Too many people harmed by C. diff infections – Hospitals need to clean up their act
Deadly C. diff infections, mainly contracted in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities, are skyrocketing in the US. So why is the medical community doing so little to stop it? Watch and share this heartbreaking story showing the damage this infection can inflict and read the shocking new USA Today report for more Continue Reading
- 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.
Research and Reports
- CDC Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report Source: CDC (Wednesday March 26, 2014)
“Healthcare-Associated infections are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety. The [CDC’s] National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report expands and provides an update on previous reports detailing progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare-associated infections.”
- APIC Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections Source: APIC (Friday March 8, 2013)
APIC guide: features up-to-date research and guidance on the prevention and treatment of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), and incorporates current regulations. Included are an overview of CDI, strategies for prevention, considerations for specific patient populations, and evolving practices.
- Health Watch USA Newsletter - December 20, 2012 Source: Health Watch USA (Thursday December 20, 2012)
Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.
- Clostridium difficile Infections: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention Source: AHRQ (Monday December 19, 2011)
AHRQ information aimed at clinicians regarding C.diff infections.
- HCUP Projections: Clostridium Difficile Hospitalizations 2011 to 2012 Source: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (Tuesday July 10, 2012)
This report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focuses on the burden to hospitals of one type of healthcare-associated infection – Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).