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C difficile
C difficile stands for Clostridium difficile or C diff and is a species of Gram-positive bacteria of the genus Clostridium. Clostridia are anaerobic, spore-forming rods (bacillus). C difficile is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) and can lead to pseudomembranous colitis, a severe infection of the colon, often resulting from eradication of the normal gut flora by antibiotics. The C difficile bacteria, which naturally reside in the body, become overgrown. The overgrowth can prove harmful because the bacterium releases toxins that can cause bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea with abdominal pain, which may become severe. The links shown on this page feature the key word ′C difficile’ in their stories:
Stool DNA extraction kit offer
DiaSorin is supplying free stoll DNA extraction kits with every Liaison Ixt/Arrow bought during February
UV light disinfection system for Air Force medical centre
A medical centre in Las Vegas run by the air force is using a UV based medical disinfection system for improving room hygiene and patient safety
Rose Medical Center becomes first hospital in Colorado to implement Xenex disinfection system
Rose Medical Center becomes the first hospital in Colorado to install a germ-zapping robot that eliminates hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
Cooley Dickinson hospital reduces C diff infections by 53 percent with UV light disinfection system
A study demonstrates that the use of high-intensity, broad spectrum ultraviolet light decreased the rate of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile (C diff), and C diff-related deaths and colectomies (removal of the colon) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
Germ-zapping robot improves patient safety at Decatur Memorial Hospital
As hospitals across the UK look for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill multi-drug resistant organisms that put patients at risk, Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) is installing two germ-zapping robots that eliminate hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
Germ-zapping robot enhances patient safety at Johnson City Medical Center
Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) installs two germ-zapping Xenex robots that eliminate hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
FHN installs disinfecting robot to enhance patient safety
FHN becomes the first healthcare entity in northern Illinois to use a Xenex robot to disinfect patient rooms, operating rooms and other areas.
Cambridge Health Alliance study demonstrates disinfection system reduces OR contamination
A new study conducted at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard Medical School Teaching Affiliate, demonstrates that pulsed xenon ultraviolet light disinfection can significantly decrease Operating Room (OR) contamination of surfaces and air.
St Anthony Hospital deploys germ-eliminating 'Robot' to disinfect rooms
St Anthony Hospital's unveils Xenex's new germ-eliminating 'Robot' to enhance patient safety by utilising a new approach to disinfecting a room that looks a little like a science fiction character.
IntelligentMDx receives CE-mark of a test for detection of Influenza A, Influenza B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus
IntelligentMDx (IMDx) obtains CE-marking for a multiplexed, real-time PCR test for detection and differentiation of Influenza A, Influenza B, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
New molecular assay to detect Clostridium difficile infection receives FDA clearance
BD Diagnostics receives FDA clearance to market the BD MAX Cdiff Assay in the USA.
Doylestown Hospital unveils UV disinfecting tool to enhance patient safety
Doylestown Hospital's newest weapon against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) may look a little like R2-D2 from Star Wars but the new Xenex disinfecting system uses ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 20,000 times more powerful than the sun to 'zap' nasty organisms that cause infections like the f
Spaulding Hospital unveils new germ-zapping robot to enhance patient safety
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge is the first hospital in the Boston area of Masschusetts'to implement Xenex Healthcare Services’ innovative germ-zapping technology to further increase patient safety.
NHS Lean leaders explore best practice at Best Factory Award winning site
NHS staff and members of the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) Lean Network across the North West of England visit the Vernacare production site that received a Best Factory Award.
Stamford Hospital deploys portable room disinfection device to enhance patient safety
Stamford Hospital is the first and only hospital in Connecticut to use Xenex Healthcare Services' innovative disinfection technology to improve patient safety.
WellStar Health System deploys new room disinfection system to enhance patient safety
WellStar Health System is the first to implement Xenex Healthcare Services' room disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms and is the only health system in metro-Atlanta using the tool.
Cone Health lowers MRSA infection rates using Xenex room disinfection systems
At IDWeek 2012 Cone Health is reporting that the organisation reduced Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates by a 56 percent in 2011 after implementing an infection prevention programme that includes Xenex room disinfection systems.
New molecular assay detects CRE superbug
BD Diagnostics is releasing for research use only (RUO) a molecular test designed to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance genes found in the superbug known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
Pathogenica partners Life Technologies in EMEA to control hospital acquired infections
Life Technologies signs an exclusive agreement with Pathogenica, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to co-market and distribute for research use, the Pathogenica HAI (Hospital Acquired Infection) BioDetection Kit on the Ion Torrent PGM in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Vernacare shares lean best practice tips with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Vernacare hosts staff from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust to see how the company is achieving excellence through lean business performance.
Clostridium difficile alert aims to save lives and reduce healthcare costs
Proventix Systems of Birmingham, Alabama, USA invents the C diff Alert to aid caregivers in their fight against Clostridium difficile, a microorganism that causes infection, claims 14,000 lives and incurs $1 billion in healthcare costs in the United States each year.
New in vitro study data shows wound dressing with silver kills multidrug-resistant organisms
ConvaTec is announcing in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), commonly referred to as 'superbugs'.
University Hospital of Wales collaborates with Luminex during Olympic Games
Public Health Wales plans to use Luminex's CE marked xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP) for outbreak investigation activities during Olympic and Paralympic training and events taking place in Wales.
ConvaTec introduces nurse-inspired fecal management system
ConvaTec is launching and enhanced Flexi-Seal SIGNAL Fecal Management System (FMS).
IVD test improves prevention and control of GBS in newborns
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clears the BD MAX Group B Streptococcus (GBS) Assay and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) moderate complexity test categorization on the second-generation BD MAX System.
Disinfecting wipes offer environmentally friendly benefits
West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is becoming leaner and greener with the introduction of Vernacare's new environmentally friendly Tuffie 5 cleaning and disinfecting wipes.
West Herts NHS Trust creates Golden Commode Award
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust's Infection Prevention and Control Team develops the idea of the 'Golden Commode Award' being made part of the trust's Awards of Excellence ceremony which was attended by staff and board members and held at Watford Football Club.
New wet wipe dispensers boost hospital productivity
Vernacare is launching a new wall mounted dispenser for their Tuffie wipes range which is aimed at not only increasing productivity, but also helping the NHS make cost efficiencies by reducing waste.
New air disinfection unit actively neutralises airborne pathogen threat
Aerte, the air disinfection specialist, is launching a revolutionary air disinfection unit, the AD 2.0, specifically designed and proven to continuously eliminate airborne Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) from clinical settings - including MRSA, c-difficile and Norovirus.
Clinicians praised for the development of award winning wash bowl
Vernacare is dedicating thec company's Queen's Award for Enterprise to its staff, and clinicians who helped the UK infection prevention products manufacturer to develop and trial its award winning pulp wash bowl.
Wound dressing with ionic silver kills several strains of highly-resistant bacteria
ConvaTec is reporting new in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of highly-resistant bacteria.
Multi-surface sporicidal wipe offers cost savings with lighter flexible packaging
Vernacare’s Tuffie 5 multi-surface sporicidal wipe, which is 100 percent alcohol and chlorine free, is now available in new lighter flexible packaging designed to reduce packaging waste by 70 percent, whilst providing further cost savings to customers of up to 30 percent versus traditional tub
Disinfecting wipes help to counter out antibiotic-resistant bacteria
New research published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology identifies multiple antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and finds that built-up tolerance is not the only way bacteria are able to defend against antibiotics, but a further defence mechanism called 'persistence' could also fac
Cleaning and disinfecting wipe eradicates antibiotic-resistant enzyme NDM-1
Vernacare’s all-in-one Tuffie 5 cleaning and disinfecting wipe proves to eradicate the new antibiotic-resistant enzyme NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1).
Flexible packaging solution reduces cost of cleaning and disinfecting wipes
Vernacare is reducing the cost of the company’s Tuffie range of cleaning and disinfecting wipes by up to 30 percent, through the introduction of new 'greener’ flexible packaging.
Palomar Pomerado Health deploys Xenex PX-UV disinfection system
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) is the first health system in California to use the Xenex PX-UV disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms.
HPA develops new immunotherapeutic treatment for C difficile infection (CDI)
The Health Protection Agency's annual conference, Health Protection 2010, is presenting new research which shows how an alternative approach for treating and preventing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is being developed by the agency's scientists.
Xenex Healthcare Services launches new pulsed xenon room disinfection system
Xenex Healthcare Services, which specializes in developing disinfection technology for healthcare facilities, is launching its pulsed xenon room disinfection system and has concluded the Xenex system's successful trial at a leading US cancer centre.
bioMerieux PCT test reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions
The Microbiology Department at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital (RHCH) in Winchester selects bioMerieux’s VIDAS BRAHMS PCT test for measurement of serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels, to indicate bacterial infection and help guide prescription of antibiotics.
C difficile test gives results within 20 minutes
Oxoid is now offering a Clostridium difficile (C difficile) test for that provides results to healthcare professionals in just 20 minutes.
Faecal management systems helps clinicians to protect patients
ConvaTec launches Flexi-Seal SIGNAL Faecal Management System (FMS) which is now available in the USA, UK and other key European markets.
Welsh Health Board works with Vernacare to shape new porter’s chair
The Betsi Cadwalider University Health Board, Glan Clwyd site (formerly North Wales Central NHS Trust) is working towards designing out infection as part of its proactive approach to tackling clostridium difficile (C diff) and other pathogens across its acute and community hospitals.
Oxoid extends range of rapid test kits for major causes of gastroenteritis
Oxoid’s ProSpecT range of qualitative enzyme immunoassays has been extended to include test kits for Adenovirus, Astrovirus, Clostridium difficile, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia, Giardia/Cryptosporidium, Rotavirus, Shiga Toxin Escherichia coli.
LABORATORY AND ANALYTICAL – ASSAY EQUIPMENT
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – A collaborative development venture between Universal Sensors, Nottingham Trent University and Cambridge Design Partnership is aiming to help in the fight against C difficile and MRSA.
Oxoid extends range for enteric disease test kits
Oxoid has extended the ProSpecT range of qualitative, enzyme immunoassays to include test kits for Adenovirus, Astrovirus, Clostridium difficile, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia, Giardia/Cryptosporidium, Rotavirus, Shiga Toxin Escherichia coli.
Northampton General Hospital focuses visual best practice to raise hospital hygiene
Northampton General Hospital is using a new visual management infection prevention technique to support improved hospital hygiene and achieve NHS Standards for Better Health.
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust claims Infection Control Prize
The first prize of £5,000 in the 2008/2009 Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards is awarded to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England.
Health Protection Agency updates C difficile figures
The Health Protection Agency’s latest reported C difficile figures show that between October to December 2008 there were 6,257 cases recorded in patients aged 65 years and over.
Cepheid launches fast MRSA/SA nasal detection test
Cepheid releases of the Xpert MRSA/SA Nasal test as a European CE IVD Mark product under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices.
DIAGNOSTICS – TESTING REVIEW
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – The diagnostic testing sector is almost a constant blur of activity with new technology developments and deals being announced on a daily basis. Here we round-up some of the significant highlights from the past few months.
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