Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) Infections and Personal Injury Lawsuits
Getting Infections While in the Hospital
Clostridium Difficile, also known as C. diff or CDF for short, is one of the most common infections people receive during hospital and nursing home stays. Much of the time, the infection is spread from patient to patient through lack of proper hygiene and infection control by medical staff. Every year tens of thousands of people become infected by C. diff bacteria and many people, who otherwise would have been healthy enough to leave the hospital end up dying untimely, horrible deaths from this health-care assisted disease.
C. Diff infections occur from bacteria invading the gut following the administration of some antibiotics that lower the body's intestinal immune defense systems. The infection can cause profuse diarrhea, fever, bloating, severe abdominal pain, bloody stools and possible death. For those who live through the disease, the chances of contracting it again appear to be about 20%.
The Spread of C. Diff Bacteria
C. Diff bacteria are very hardy organisms. They can live for a long time outside the body on various surfaces. It is estimated that the chance of contracting Clostridium Difficile is 13% for those staying in the hospital for two weeks and nearly 50% for those staying for four weeks.1
Despite its hardiness, C. Diff can be controlled through stringent hygiene and infectious control procedures. Simply washing hands and wearing gloves whenever coming into contact with both infected and uninfected residents or patients has shown to decrease the spread of the disease. Yet, in many healthcare facilities, especially nursing homes and resident care facilities, it is still common for attendants to not wear gloves at all.
What to Do if You or Someone You Loves Contracts C. Diff
Immediate medical care is a must for anyone who has a CDF infection. Medications must be administered in a timely manner to prevent serious illness and possible death. After medical care has been received, the patient and / or their family should contact the Cochran Firm in Memphis Tennessee for a FREE case evaluation. It is quite possible that you can receive compensation for the difficulty experienced from the infection.
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1. Clabots CR, Johnson S, Olson MM, Peterson LR, Gerding DN (September 1992). "Acquisition of Clostridium difficile by hospitalized patients: evidence for colonized new admissions as a source of infection". J. Infect. Dis. 166 (3): 561–7. doi:10.1093/infdis/166.3.561. PMID 1323621. http://www.jid.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=1323621.