Researchers Discover Friendly Bacteria Can Help Prevent C. diff Infections

VANC.jpgIt is one of the deadliest hospital-acquired infections that you can contract in a hospital. However, researchers recently announced that they have found the potentially fatal, hospital-acquired C. diff infections can be prevented.

According to the researchers’ report, they have discovered a new way to combat potentially deadly C. diff infections. The infection is caused by the Clostridium difficile bug, and is a fairly common infection throughout many Indiana hospitals. Make no mistake, these are deadly infections, and the fatality rate linked to these infections is very high. However, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, these infections can be thwarted by using more friendly and healthy versions of the same pathogen.

The toxic versions of the bacteria cause symptoms that range from diarrhea and abdominal cramps, to colon inflammation. The infection is potentially deadly. According to US government data, approximately 500,000 persons in America contracted these infections in 2011, and 50% of them died as a result of the infection. Typically, persons who have taken antibiotic therapy while hospitalized are at a high risk of suffering from these infections. The worrying part is that these infection rates are at an all-time high in hospitals across the country.

However, the researchers found that patients who suffered from the infection who were given a non-toxic strain of the pathogen reduced their risk of recurrences. Out of the 125 patients who were given the non-toxic therapy, only 11% suffered a recurrence of the infection within a period of six weeks. Thirty-percent of patients given a placebo however, suffered a recurrence of the infection. The researchers speculate that introduction of the non-toxic versions of the germs possibly encourages the normal balance of bacteria in the gut.

C. diff infection treatments have recently been in the news. Some research has focused on the use of fecal transplants to fight these infections. The researchers say that their technique is much more reliable compared to a fecal transplant. It is also safer. A fecal transplant could involve the introduction of dangerous bacteria in the system, which would complicate matters.

If you have suffered any hospital-acquired infection as a result of medical negligence, you could possibly be eligible for a claim for medical malpractice. Discuss filing a claim with an attorney at the law office of Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLC.