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Utah hospitals are exceptions to increase in C. diff cases

April 05, 2010
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OGDEN, UT – Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is surpassing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the number of reported cases in hospitals, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, as the bacterium superbug is on the rise in hospitals across the nation, Top of Utah hospitals are not seeing an increase, according to an article from the Standard-Examiner.
"We aren''t seeing many cases of C-diff at Ogden Regional Medical Center, but it''s a hot topic in the news right now because it''s another bacterium that is becoming increasingly drug resistant," said Jeanette Smyth, hospital infection-control specialist at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
According to Dustin Waters, a pharmacist over infectious disease at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, the best way to prevent the infection is to wash your hands and use antibiotics with caution.
"It can sometimes be a life-threatening infection," Waters said. "The No. 1 cause is antibiotic use, but it can also be spread from person to person."
According to the article, C. diff can survive for weeks or months on hard surfaces, including bed rails, call buttons, faucets, privacy curtains and even nurse uniforms.
According to the CDC, more than 28,000 people die of C. diff each year and a study of 28 Southeast hospitals done by Duke University showed C. diff was 25 percent more common than MRSA, noted the article.
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