I realized that it was not the infection control processes in place that were the problem and set out to find a way to reduce the C. diff rate in our facility.
Caregivers might soon be able to heal seniors' chronic wounds by manipulating the bacteria that live on the skin, according to research out of the University of Manchester Healing Foundation Centre in England.
Probiotics are not effective in preventing diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile, according to a large study that calls into question previous findings.
Probiotics are not effective in preventing diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile infection, according to a large study that calls into question previous findings. The findings of the U.K. study are especially significant because its size "dwarfs" previous studies, wrote Nick Daneman, M.D., FRCPC, of the University of Toronto.
Antibiotics often aren't enough to combat Clostridium difficile. But when combined with probiotics, or "good" bacteria, the results are striking. The treatment combo lessens the likelihood of C. diff symptoms by 64%, according to a recent study.
Long-term care facilities dealing with an outbreak of Clostridium difficile have a good chance of reducing symptoms of the infection by administering probiotics, according to a recently released comprehensive review of randomized trials.