Diagnostic Testing for Hospital Acquired Infections


By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com

C. Difficile Infections

A Massachusetts company Intelligent Medical Devices, Inc., received approval by the European regulators to market their test device for hospital acquired infection C. difficile.

“Our assays are developed to incorporate evolving clinical needs,” IMDx CEO Alice Jacobs said in a written statement. “Early identification of pathogens is critical in improving patient healthcare, shortening hospital stays, and reducing expenses.”

elderly patient

C. Difficile Affects Elderly Patients the Most

C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications.

More than three million C. difficile infections occur in hospitals in the US each year.

A combination stress from illness, weakness from laying around in a hospital, and the potential for C-diff contamination from patient to patient makes extended hospital stays a risk factor for C. diff infection.
                                                                                                                                                           
In fact, C. diff infections within hospitals is a major problem for all infection control departments. Special isolation procedures are in place to limit the spread of C. diff from patient to patient via health care workers.

If you are a healthcare worker be sure to wash your hands properly, clean all instruments properly (Chlorine bleach at a concentration of 1:10 is the only agent that effectively kills C. diff spores on environmental surfaces.) and wear protective medical uniforms to prevent the further spread of this infectious disease.

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