C. difficile Outbreaks, Anyone?
Posted by Clark Venable on 3/23/2005
Our hospital has pulled all 3M Avagard hand disinfectant from the operating rooms, preferring instead that surgeons go back to the old fashioned surgical hand scrub. At the same time, we are apparently seeing more nosocomial Clostridium difficile infections. C. diff. is not a reportable pathogen, and this was felt to contribute to the outbreak Canada experienced recently. Avagard does not inactivate C. diff. spores. Co-incidence? I don't think so.
The CDC page for healthcare providers on C. diff. provides an interesting nugget:
Has anyone else seen this at their facilities?
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