Thursday, April 26, 2012

C. diff

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a type of bacteria that can cause serious problems if not treated. The first signs of C. diff are fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea.

Unfortunately, the number of C. diff cases are increasing in hospitals across the country. The main cause of this is the fact that patients are consuming more antibiotics, which kill helpful germs in the intestine.

These good germs from the intestine would normally keep the bacteria from growing and making people sick.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, C. diff causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 deaths in the United States alone.

Wash hands with soap and water to help get rid of C. diff
C. diff is being spread by contaminated surfaces. When you enter a hospital to visit someone, it's a good idea to bring antibacterial wipes with you. While wearing gloves, wipe down anything in the room, such as the bed rails, the tray table, TV remote, door knobs, the sink and the call bell.

The best way to get rid of C. diff is to wash your hands with soap and water, using good friction between your hands.

To avoid spreading C. diff, only use antibiotics when needed.

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.


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