A further patient in the retrospective outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C-diff) at Vale of Leven has sadly died. This patient was seriously ill from an unrelated condition and C-diff was a contributory factor but not the main cause of death.
The patient, who had already been identified as being one of the 55 cases involved, was one of the four patients still receiving treatment for C-diff at the Vale.
The total number of patients with C-diff as their main cause of death remains at nine however this death brings the total number of patients with C-diff as a contributory factor in their death to nine.
One of the other patients being treated for C-diff at the hospital has now recovered and been discharged while two further patients remain in isolation. Both patients remain in a stable condition.
Dr Syed Ahmed, Chair of the OCT said: “On behalf of the OCT I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of this patient.
“I can give an absolute assurance that we are carefully scrutinising every measure to reduce the risk as we investigate why there was a higher than expected incidence of C-diff at the Vale in January, February and May of this year.”
Dr Ahmed stressed: “There are no links between the situation at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria and the current cases of C-diff at the Victoria Infirmary.”
Notes to Editor
Clostridium difficile (C-diff) is a bacterium that causes diarrhoea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. It is found in around one in fifty healthy adults, who carry the bug without showing any symptoms. People who have other illnesses or conditions requiring prolonged use of antibiotics and the elderly are more likely to develop symptoms of the infection.
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