Hospitals Fail to Take Simple Measures to Thwart Deadly Infections, Survey Says
Many hospitals fail to take simple measures to prevent infections of a new strain of Clostridium difficile that's hard to track and at least in part responsible for skyrocketing infection rates in U.S. hospitals
Basic science to learn exactly how C. diff spreads is vital, Mayfield says, to shaping strategies to stop it. The bacterium may be hiding out in unrecognized places in the hospital, for example. In addition, its increased presence outside of the hospital indicates some other factor at play in its spread. “We’re not going to tolerate deviance from best practices,” says Mayfield, “but we are still at the point with this organism where we are not even sure what the best practices are.”
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Jessica Wapner is a freelance science writer and author of the book, The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level, published May 2013. Follow her @jessicawapner.