Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, attacks 500,000 Americans every year, killing an estimated 30,000 hospital patients. Because of the deadly bacteria’s ability to quickly kill people, you’d think extreme precautions would be in place to curb its spread. Instead, the presence of C. diff in hospitals and nursing homes has never been greater than now.
Further, USA Today claims that the federal government is underreporting the C. diff epidemic, inadvertently weakening an important movement to eradicate its prevalence in medical facilities.
“Looking at the data for C. diff and looking at what’s being presented at infection control meetings, we’re not doing a very good job,” explained health care infection expert William Jarvis. “We know what to do,” he added, “And we know the barrier is cost.”
This is the sorry state of health care in the U.S. The safety and lives of patients are measured against cost and profits. It’s especially sad because the very hospitals that aim to cure us are the ones that harbor C. diff bacteria.
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Source: USA Today, “Far More Could Be Done To Stop The Deadly Bacteria C. Diff,” Peter Eisler, Aug. 16, 2012