Clostridium difficile Essays

  • Clostridium Difficile

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    Among hospitalized patients around the world, Clostridium difficile is the primary source of infectious diarrhea. Previously, continuously unbalanced intestinal microbiota, usually due to antimicrobials, was deemed a precondition of developing the infection. However, recently, there have been alterations in the biology from virtually infecting the elderly population exclusively, wherein the microbiota in their guts have been interrupted by antimicrobials, to currently infecting individuals within

  • Clostridium Difficile Infection

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    The bacterium Clostridium difficile is a strictly anaerobic, spore forming, bacillus. It is present as normal flora in the intestines in 3% of healthy adults.1 It forms spores for protection in inhospitable environments. When the spore finds the right environmental factors it develops into the bacterium. The spores can survive on surfaces for months waiting for the right environment to grow and thrive. It is Gram positive so it appears blue or purple when Gram stained and has a thick peptidoglycan

  • Pathology of Clostridium Difficile

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    Description of Clostridium Difficile Clostridium difficile, otherwise known as C. diff, is a species of spore-forming, anaerobic, gram-positive bacteria that is known to cause watery diarrhea. 1 The genus name, Clostridium refers to the spindle shape of the organism while Difficile means difficult in Latin due to the fact that this organism thrives in unfavorable conditions and is very difficult to isolate.4 The incidence of getting CDI has increased over the years due to new strains of increased

  • Clostridium Difficile Case Study

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    Nursing Management of Patient with Clostridium Difficile Alyssia R. Twigg Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for NURS 342: Nursing Medical Surgical Shepherd University Department of Nursing April 8, 2015 Nursing Management of Patient with Clostridium Difficile A 55 year old patient was admitted to the inpatient unit from a hospice facility at 4:00 in the afternoon on April 1st, 2015. The patient has end stage pancreatic cancer with liver and bone metastasis. The

  • Description of the Clostridium Difficile Bacteria

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    Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile) is a bacteria-related gastrointestinal infection that is caused (etiology) by the use of antibiotics therapy or exposure to the C. difficile spores (Swartz, 2013). According to published reports compiled by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), National Safety Network (NHSN), and the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), the rate of CDI have a major financial impact (costs associated with medical management of CDI) on health care institution

  • Clostridium Difficile Colitis Case Study

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    “Clostridium Difficile are the bacteria that can cause irritation or swelling of the large intestine, or colon. The inflammation caused by this bacteria is known as colitis. Inflammation further causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping” (WebMD, C. Diff. Overview 2015). Put it all together and you get Clostridium Difficile Colitis. In 1973, John G. Bartlett began to see the connection between hospital diarrhea cases and colitis. He recognized articles with series of cases including deaths from

  • Using Quality and Safety Education for Nurses to Prevent and Treat Clostridium Difficile

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    poor communication, lack of proper nursing skills, or simply just negligence. QSEN can also be used to improve nursing outcomes for everyone involved in the healthcare field. A common hospital acquired condition that nurses see now days is clostridium difficile. This bacterium usually invades patients who have been on long-term antibiotics that have killed off bacteria that protect them from infection. C. diff is passed from host to host by both direct and indirect contact making it readily moved

  • C. Diff Research Paper

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    Clostridium Difficile, also known in the medical community as C. diff, is a multi-drug resistant organism that can cause symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea to life threatening kidney failure. Typically known to only affect older adults who are being cared for in a hospital or long-term care facility and who had recently been taking antibiotic mediations, C. diff is shown to be increasing in younger, healthier individuals who have no previous antibiotic use or health care setting exposure. As nurses

  • Use of Probiotics for Primary and Secondary Prophylaxis for Reducing rate of C. difficile as Standardized Health-Care Practice

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    According to the article The mechanism and efficacy of probiotics in the prevention of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea there is a great concern about increasing incidence of C. difficile infection due to use of broad spectrum antibiotics. Clindamycin, third generation of cephalosporins and flouroquinolones are considered high risk antibiotics. It is believed that normal gastrointestinal flora has potential effect in inhibition C.difficile growth and toxin A,B release which offen associated

  • Health Associated Infections

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    Hospital acquired infections are one of the most common complications of care in the hospital setting. Hospital acquired infections are infections that patients acquired during the stay in the hospital. These infections can cause an increase number of days the patients stay in the hospital. Hospital acquired infections makes the patients worse or even causes death. “In the USA alone, hospital acquired infections cause about 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths per year”(secondary). Nursing diagnosis

  • Model Of Reflection In Nursing

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    old man and was admitted with diarrhoea and generally unwell to the hospital. In the process of his admission he was isolated in a side room to prevent and reduce any risk of spreading infection. Alfred was a barrier nursed because he had clostridium difficile. He was isolated to lessen the hazard of spread of infections to other patients, visitors, and healthcare staff. Appropriate personal protective clothing such as aprons, gloves are to be worn before contact with him. Proper hand washing with

  • C Difficile Infection: A Case Study

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    Question 1. Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a Gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium that is usually transmitted via staff hands or by direct contact with affected patients, contaminated fomites (Surawicz et al. 2013). C. difficile infection (CDI) is one of the common causes of antibiotic associated diarrhoea in hospitals (Surawicz et al. 2013). This is because the decline in health status of hospitalised patients and the close contact between them caused by staying in the same contaminated

  • Hospital Acquired Infection Analysis

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    Purpose: The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the impact Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) have on a patient’s length of stay and the financial strain patients and their families incur for the treatment of these infections. Intended audience: My intended audience for this presentation are healthcare workers in the acute care setting. Significance: The topic of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) is important for all healthcare worker to understand the care they provide to patients

  • Preventing Infections in a Hospital Environment

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    The responsibility of preventing hospital acquired infections does not solely rest upon the feet of the nursing staff. The effort must be a team effort that includes all of the personnel at a facility. During clinical rotations at Bartow Regional Hospital, Galen students noted on multiple occasions while rotating through the Emergency Department that the rooms were not cleaned by Environmental Services, but the nurses and/or technicians that work in the ER. The staff wiped down the beds and changed

  • The Pros And Cons Of Genetic Testing

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    The healthcare industry has come a long way in terms of technological advances. These advances have had significant benefits in diagnosis, treatment, and the way medicine is practiced today. Unfortunately, these technological advances also come with ethical issues and dilemmas the healthcare professionals must face. Genetic testing is an area that has had significant advancement over the past few years. Genetic testing can provide important information regarding diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • My Difficult Patient

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    My first patient that I started as student nurse on one of the long Rehab Center was a seventy two year old man who had Clostridium difficile (C.diff), Dementia, Hip replacement, and Obesity. Due to the above sickness he had many complications. I can still remember his face suffering from pain. Because of his lack of ambulation and incontinence, he had developed a very serious pressure ulcer under his sacral area. I went through to the room with my instructor and the instructor introduces me for

  • My First Experience as a Student Nurse

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    My first patient that I started as student nurse on one of the long Rehab Center was a seventy two year old man who had Clostridium difficile (C.diff), Dementia, Hip replacement, and Obesity. Due to the above sickness he had many complications. I can still remember his face suffering from pain. Because of his lack of ambulation and incontinence, he had developed a very serious pressure ulcer under his sacral area. I went through to the room with my instructor and the instructor introduces me for

  • Essay On Bacteria

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    the bacterial ecosystem, possibly so much that it is irreversible. In 1999 Lawrence Brandt a professor of medicine and surgery at the Albert Einstein College of medicine had success when trying to help a patient combat diarrhea induced by clostridium difficile. A patient developed diarrhea after taking a course of antibiotics for sinusitis; nothing could shake her C.difficile infection. Brandt reasoned the initial antibiotic treatment had killed gut bacteria that promote digestive health; not knowing

  • Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)

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    Healthcare-associates Infections (HAIs) are infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving healthcare treatment for other conditions and can be devastating or even deadly ("CDC - HAIs the Burden - HAI", 2013). An HAI was defined as a localized or systemic condition that (1) results from an adverse reaction to the pres¬ence of an infectious agent(s) or its toxin(s), (2) that occurs during a hospital admission, (3) for which there is no evidence the infection was present or incubating

  • The Importance Of Modern Medicine

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    The advancement of modern medicine brings human being closer to perfection, yet it is not sustainable. In the world of science and technology, medicine is used in many different ways to help human civilization fight diseases and infection. The leading medicine on the market is antibiotics. Antibiotics come from a fungus that produces penicillin that is as a defense mechanism against bacteria. Through medical science, penicillin is reconstructed into pills that are consumable by humans and endows