Thursday, February 28, 2008

C. diff news from the UK

From today's BBC News - Dramatic rise in C. diff deaths
The number of deaths linked to hospital bug Clostridium difficile has soared in England and Wales, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Between 2005 and 2006 the number of death certificates which mentioned the infection rose by 72% to 6,480, most of which were elderly people.

In over half of cases, it was listed as the underlying cause of death.

It is thought that some of the increase may be due to more complete reporting on death certificates.

During the same time period, deaths due to MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) remained fairly steady.

Brian Duerden, chief microbiologist at the Department of Health, notes that the NHS has launched a number of efforts to reduce nosocomial infections since 2006, including clinician education about hand-washing, a bare-below-the-elbows dress code, and other hygiene and monitoring provisions.

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