At Florida Hospital DeLand, we always considers the safety of our patients, visitors and employees from the perspective of our physical surroundings, work processes and operational procedures.
One of the many ways we protect our patients is supporting our infection control efforts by helping clinical staff detect and track hospitalized patients with significant contagious infections. Preventing the spread of any infection within the hospital dominates every aspect of patient care
Hospital-acquired infections have a direct impact on the quality of care a hospital provides and, by extension, on the hospital's accreditation. Each hospital-acquired infection is an unexpected outcome. By educating our staff and patients, together we can achieve to improve patient safety.
What is Clostridium difficile infection?
Clostridium difficile [pronounced Klo-STRID-ee-um dif-uh-SEEL], also known as “C. diff” [See-dif], is a germ that can cause diarrhea. Most cases of C. diff infection occur in patients taking antibiotics. The
most common symptoms of a C. diff infection include:
- Watery diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Belly pain and tenderness
Who is most likely to get C. diff infection?
The elderly and people with certain medical problems have the greatest chance of getting C. diff. C. diff spores can live outside the human body for a very long time and may be found on things in the environment such as bed linens, bed rails, bathroom fixtures, and medical equipment. C. diff infection can spread from person-toperson on contaminated equipment and on the hands of doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers and visitors.
Can C. diff infection be treated?
Yes, there are antibiotics that can be used to treat C. diff. In some severe cases, a person might have to have surgery to remove the infected part of the intestines. This surgery is needed in only 1 or 2 out of every 100 persons with C. diff.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
What is MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections.
Who is most likely to get MRSA?
MRSA infections can occur in any geographic location and anywhere on a person’s body and can affect anyone. Historically, MRSA infections occurred in hospitalized patients, but now these infections are common in the community. The biggest risk factor for MRSA infection is open or broken skin (such as a wound or surgical site); however, MRSA infections can occur even on areas of the skin where there is no obvious wound or break in the skin.
Can MRSA be treated?
Treatment for MRSA skin infections may include having a healthcare professional drain the infection and, in some cases, prescribe an antibiotic. Do not attempt to treat an MRSA skin infection by yourself; doing so could worsen or spread it to others. This includes popping, draining, or using disinfectants on the area. If you think you might have an infection, cover the affected skin, wash your hands, and contact your healthcare provider.
If you are given an antibiotic, be sure to take all of the doses (even if the infection is getting better), unless your healthcare professional tells you to stop taking it. Do not share antibiotics with other people or save unfinished antibiotics to use at another time.