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C. diff. Spores and More is--An educational program that is dedicated to C. difficile Infections and more--
We are pleased to share "C. diff. Spores and More ™" with you because, as advocates of C. diff., we know the importance of this cutting-edge new weekly radio show and what it means for our Foundation's community worldwide.
Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile, also known as C. difficile or C. diff, is one of the most common causes of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals (Lessa, et al, 2015, New England Journal of Medicine). Recent estimates suggest C. difficile approaches 500,000 infections annually in the United States and are associated with approximately 20,000 deaths. (Guh, 2020, New England Journal of Medicine). Based on internal estimates including a recurrence rate of approximately 20%, we believe the annual incidence in the U.S. approaches 600,000.
Previous studies indicate that C. diff. has become the most common microbial cause of Healthcare-Associated Infections found in U.S. hospitals driving up costs to $4.8 billion each year in excess health care costs in acute care facilities alone. Approximately
two-thirds of C. diff. infections were found to be associated with an inpatient stay in a health care facility, only 24% of the total cases occurred in patients while they were hospitalized. The study also revealed that almost as many cases occurred in nursing homes as in hospitals and the remainder of individuals acquired the
Healthcare-Associated infection, C. diff., recently discharged from a health care facility.
This new study finds that 1 out of every 5 patients with the Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI), C. diff., experience a recurrence of the infection, and 1 out of every 9 patients over the age of 65 diagnosed with an HAI – C. diff. infection died within 30 days of being diagnosed. Older Americans are quite vulnerable to this life-threatening diarrhea infection. The CDC study also found that women and Caucasian individuals are at an increased risk of acquiring a C. diff. infection. The previous CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH said, “C. difficile infections cause immense suffering and death for thousands of Americans each year.” “These infections can be prevented by improving antibiotic prescribing and improving infection control in the health care system. CDC hopes to ramp up prevention of this deadly infection by supporting State Antibiotic Resistance Prevention Programs in all 50 states.”
"This does not include the number of C. diff. infections taking place and being treated in other countries." "The C Diff Foundation supports thousands of communities by sharing the Foundation's mission and raising C. diff. awareness to healthcare professionals, individuals, patients, families, and communities working towards a shared goal." " The
C Diff Foundation Members and Volunteer Patient Advocates are greatly appreciated and continue to create positive changes by sharing their time aiding in the success of our mission "Raising C. diff. infection awareness ™" worldwide.
"C. diff. Spores and More ™" spotlights world-renowned topic experts, research scientists, healthcare professionals, organization representatives, C. diff. survivors, board members, and their volunteers who are all creating positive changes in the
C. diff. community and more.
Through their interviews, the C Diff Foundation mission will connect, educate, and empower listeners worldwide.