VICTORIA, BC, Canada — The Saanich Peninsula Hospital
is struggling to contain a deadly outbreak of Clostridium difficile
) that has killed one and infected 14 others, according to the Globe and Mail
According to the story, poor hygiene from overcrowding and understaffing is blamed for the outbreak.
The most effective cleaning solution to combat C. diff is a simple mix of bleach and water to clean surfaces, on top of proper hand-washing, the story stated.
The issue of hospital cleaning has raised many eyebrows since British Columbia privatized housekeeping services in 2003; to address concerns, an independent cleaning auditor has been brought in to ensure British Columbia hospitals are maintaining adequate standards, the story noted.
A similar outbreak last summer at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
, in which five people died, credited insufficient bleach dilution ratios for the inadequate cleaning, the story added.