Hand hygiene woes impact C. diff response

July 2010
Hospice Management Advisor;Jul2010, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p76
The article focuses on the impact of Clostridium difficile (C.Diff) due to the effect of soap and alcohol hand rubs to the removal of the spore-forming bacillus from hand wherein 12,000 patients are being killed every year in U.S. It mentions that a warning was made by the infection preventionists on the policy of "universal gloving" which can lead to disease transmission. It adds that the infections of the disease can contribute to several complications such as toxic megacolon and sepsis. INSET: Extended isolation, universal glove use considered.


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