C. Diff Infections Far More Prevalent Than Feds Report

bacteria%20in%20black.jpgMore than 30,000 people are likely killed every year in infections caused by the C. diff organism. That fatality toll is much higher than federal administration records indicate. According to a USA Today analysis, the number of fatalities linked to C. diff infections are far greater than the federal administration is willing to admit.

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted that C. diff infections kill as many as 14,000 people every year. However, the agency reached those estimates based on death certificates. A death certificate does not tell you exactly how the person died. For instance, a C. diff infection may lead to major kidney failure, and the certificate may mention kidney failure, and not a C. diff infection as the cause of death.

The USA Today analysis found that more than 30,000 people are killed from the deadly infections every year, which is about twice the federal administration’s estimates of these fatalities. In fact, C. diff infections kill almost as many people every year as traffic accidents in the United States.

Consider the amount of resources, time and money spent on reducing the impact of drunk driving, controlling distracted driving, and other efforts to reduce accident fatalities every year. Now consider that most of the general public has never even heard of C. diff infections.

According to the USA Today analysis, over the past decade, C. diff infection rates in hospitals have been increasing steadily. This bacterium has emerged as a major killer. However, in spite of awareness that this is a growing problem, federal officials as well as healthcare providers have done little to stem the rising toll of infections.

In fact, even as the numbers of infections from other types of hospital-acquired infections are dropping, the number of hospital-acquired C. diff infections is increasing. Hospitals have been able to at least somewhat reduce the number of other deadly infections, like those caused by the MRSA superbug. It’s very disturbing that C. diff is increasing in its reach.

It’s not as if there has not been enough research into the prevention of these infections. According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency is aware of what needs to be done to reduce the infection rates, but the problem has been translating infection prevention strategies into actual practice.

According to some experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are probably close to 500,000 C. diff infections occurring every year in the United States. Those are staggering numbers, and the fact that as many as 30,000 of these people are actually dying from these infections, in spite of the fact that strategies to prevent these are common knowledge, is extremely disturbing.

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