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NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE STATEMENT ON CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE (C DIFF)

March 01, 2007 5:05 PM

Leading infection control and public health doctors today reassured both patients and members of the public that they should not be concerned regarding a number of C diff cases in a ward at the Western Infirmary.
Dr Bill Anderson, the Board’s Associate Medical Director said: “I wish to reassure people that there is no cause for alarm.
“Clostridium difficile (C diff) is a bacterium that can cause an infection of the gut. It is found in around one in fifty healthy adults, who carry the bug without showing any symptoms. Patients who have recently taken antibiotics are more susceptible to the C diff bacterium.
“It is not uncommon, therefore, to detect cases of C Diff in an acute hospital.
“Staff in the hospital have put in place all the relevant control measures to limit the spread of the illness and we are working closely with the hospital infection control team to monitor the situation. “
There have been no new cases of C diff in ward G4 at the Western Infirmary and five of the seven cases have now recovered. Two patients continue to be treated for the infection.
Strict infection control measures have been put in place and the situation is being monitored around the clock.
Patients and family members are given regular information and advice from ward staff and Infection Control staff are also available to offer support and reassurance.
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