Clostridium difficile and other Healthcare-Associated Infections under Scrutiny in California
Garden Grove, CA, December 4th, 2013
Recently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published a report detailing how hospitals in California are doing in their ongoing efforts to reduce patient infections. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major concern for hospitals and healthcare providers across California and the country.
324 hospitals in the state were evaluated for the CDPH report. One type of bacteria monitored in the report is known as Clostridium difficile (C. diff). 54 hospitals were found to have higher than expected rates of infections due to C. diff.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that C. diff causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year. The agency reports, “People who have other illnesses or conditions requiring prolonged use of antibiotics, and the elderly, are at greater risk of acquiring this disease. The bacteria are found in the feces. People can become infected if they touch items or surfaces that are contaminated with feces and then touch their mouth or mucous membranes. Healthcare workers can spread the bacteria to patients or contaminate surfaces through hand contact.”
Personal hygiene, adequate cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and reusable devices can help prevent the spread of C. diff. “Environmental testing can also help identify when microbial contaminants, such as C. diff, are in healthcare or community settings to help stop the spread of this and other dangerous organisms,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility, one of California’s leading microbiology testing laboratories. “LA Testing provides analytical services to help identify C. diff and other HAIs from environmental samples to help prevent outbreaks and to assist in monitoring infection control procedures followed by healthcare providers.”
To learn more about testing for pathogens, HAIs, indoor air quality contaminants and other environmental issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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