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1 in 4 Healthcare Workers Found to Carry Superbug

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 03:25 PM

Something new to scare you: A Swiss study suggests the hands of as many as 1 in 4 healthcare workers are contaminated with the superbug Clostridium difficile, a nasty microbe that causes widespread infections in many hospitals.

According to a report on the study in Medical News Today, researchers from Geneva University Hospitals and Medical School found that 24 percent of healthcare workers' hands were contaminated with diarrhea-causing C. difficile spores as they were carrying out routine care on infected patients.
 
Lead researcher Caroline Landelle, M.D., said the findings highlight the need for fastidious hand-washing and frequent use of alcohol-based antibacterial agents by nurses, doctors, and other hospital workers, particularly after caring for patients who have the infection, which is difficult to treat.
 
"Because C. difficile spores are so resistant and persistent to disinfection, glove use is not an absolute barrier against the contamination of health care workers' hands," said Dr. Landelle, whose findings were published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. "Effective hand hygiene should be performed, even in non-outbreak settings."
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, C. difficile is linked to 14,000 U.S. deaths a year, with older patients being treated in healthcare settings facing the greatest risks.

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