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C diff
C diff stands for Clostridium difficile or C. difficile 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 diff’ in their stories:
POC testing supplier sponsors emergency medicine event
The European Congress on Emergency Medicine in Vienna will be sponsored this year by point of care testing system supplier, Radiometer
Chester Institute of Medicine takes haematology analyser
Beckman Coulter has supplied the Chester Institute of Medicine in the UK with the DxH 500 fully automated haematology system
Patient hygiene products on show
Vernacare is attending the Infection Prevention event with its range of minimal environmental impact patient hygiene products
Compact multifunctional haematology analyser
New haematology analyser enables the investigation and diagnosis of haemopoiesis and anaemia in laboratories with restricted space
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.
Xenex changes name to become Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex Healthcare Services, a world leader in pulsed xenon UV room disinfection systems for healthcare facilities, is changing the company's name to Xenex Disinfection Services.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Vernacare supports Wirral in ACTION against C Diff campaign
Vernacare helps Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust make a clean sweep on infection as part of its ACTION against C Diff Week at Arrowe Park Hospital.
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.
Single-use pulp washbowls offer improve infection prevention
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is introducing single-use pulp washbowls as part of its continued commitment to improving infection prevention and environmental performance.
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.
Vernacare reinforces infection prevention in Scotland
Vernacare’s Tuffie cleaning and disinfecting wipes will continue to reinforce infection prevention in Scottish hospitals following a new framework agreement with NHS Scotland to supply the complete Tuffie range.
Disinfecting wipes help eradicate swine flu virus
Tests show that the Tuffie 5 wipe from Vernacare destroys the swine flu virus
Infection Prevention Conference attendees try out easy-clean porters chair
Vernacare included the new porter’s chair amongst other innovations at the recent conference of the Infection Prevention Society
Haematology analyser helps sports scientists to study exercise immunology
With the installation of an ABX Pentra 60C+ bench top haematology analyser from Horiba Medical within the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University, researchers are gaining considerable flexibility within their studies into exercise immunology.
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust wipes out five major groups of pathogens
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is introducing the new Tuffie 5 wipe across the entire Darent Valley Hospital site.
Vernaclean Indicator green tape rolls out nine million metres for the NHS
The 'green means clean’ method of visual management is helping to raise standards of infection prevention thanks to an innovation from medical products manufacturer Vernacare.
Horiba offers secure and remote access to point-of-care haematology analyser
Horiba Medical launches Pentra SAfe to provide secure and remote access to its cost-effective bench top haematology analyser, the ABX Pentra 60 C+.
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.
Hywel Dda NHS Trust selects Vernacare’s Tuffie 5 wipe for use in acute units
The Carmarthenshire division of Hywel Dda NHS Trust is targeting infection prevention with a series of measures that include the introduction of Vernacare’s new Tuffie 5 wipe that eradicates the major five major groups of pathogens such as clostridium difficile (C.diff), MRSA and E Coli.
Vernacare collaborates with Minima to develop hospital porter’s chair to combat HCAI
Vernacare is aiming to revolutionise the traditional hospital porter’s chair by working with design consultancy Minima to develop a radical new concept that 'designs bugs out’.
Vernacare helps Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Foundation Trust reduce C Diff cases
As part of a hard-hitting attack on infection, the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Foundation Trust recently organised a series of road shows to raise awareness about C Diff and the preventative actions that can be taken.
Green Ribbon project shows clear hygiene control benefits
The innovative Green Ribbon hospital cleanliness project was studied by David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, during a recent visit to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford in Essex, UK.
Horiba ABX unveils laboratory automation systems for pre- and post-analytical sampling
Horiba ABX has launched two laboratory automation systems for pre- and post-analytical sample sorting and archiving.
Vernacare briefs international partners on new business developments
Healthcare distributors from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, and across Europe, came along to Vernacare’s International Partners Conference to find out more about the company’s pulp bedpans and other infection prevention products that are sold in 46 countries ar
Inverness new rapid test for C Diff associated disease
Inverness Medical has launched the new Techlab C Diff Quik Chek Complete rapid test as an in vitro diagnostic aid for Clostridium difficile associated disease (CDAD).
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust trials single-use washbowls to reduce infection risks
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has teamed up with Vernacare to reduce the risk of cross infection from the use of shared plastic washbowls.
Vernacare prepares to unveil new macerator that eradicates five major pathogens
September’s Infection Prevention Society Conference will mark the official launch of Vernacare’s new Vortex macerator, and its powerful Tuffie 5 wipes - which eradicate the major five major groups of pathogens, including Cdiff, MRSA and E Coli.
Inverness offers rapid detection of C difficile infection in a matter of minutes
Inverness Medical provides rapid detection of C difficile infection in under 30 minutes with the Techlab C. Diff Quik Chek for the detection of C difficile antigen glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) which is common to all strains of C difficile and Techlab Tox A/B Quik Chek for detection of Toxins A and
Cleaning and disinfecting wipe eradicates five major pathogen groups
Vernacare has unveiled a new cleaning and disinfecting wipe that is kind to the hands, yet eradicates the major five major groups of pathogens, including C diff, MRSA and E Coli.
New haematology analyser helps speed treatment decision making at Bedford Hospital's oncology unit
The implementation of an ABX Pentra 60C+ haematology analyser at the Macmillan Primrose Unit within Bedford Hospital has had a positive impact enabling results to be made available to clinicians within minutes thereby allowing treatment decisions to be made quickly.
New infection control tape aims to offer value for money
The new Vernaclean Indicator from Vernacare has been designed to achieve higher standards of infection control and boost public confidence.
 
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