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C diff deaths rising sharply

28th April 2008

Research carried out by the BBC programme Panorama has shown that there is one death every hour in UK hospitals because of Clostridium difficile.


The superbug kills more people aged over 65 in the UK than anywhere else in the world, according to the new figures, and is associated with the deaths of quadruple the number of people as MRSA.

The research will be shown as part of a Panorama Special called 'How Safe is Your Hospital?' which will be broadcast on May 4.

Panorama also performed a Freedom of Information survey, which was sent out to all acute trusts and health boards in the UK. 83% of the trusts responded.

Although the government said this week that Clostridium difficile cases decreased by 8% from October to December in 2007, Panorama said this was because the method use to count the number of cases had been altered.

It calculated that the true number of cases was actually between 16-35% more than this amount - meaning cases had increased during the time, rather than decreased.

The number of cases in Scotland went up by 10%, and they increased substantially in Northern Ireland, by 36%. Welsh figures have not been published so far.

The results put the UK last in a table of global cases of the superbug.

Professor Richard James, who investigates hospital infection at in Nottingham University said: "The figures for C difficile show that more than 50% of hospital trusts in the UK have a rate of infection that's more than 10 times that of any other country."


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Sunday 25th May 2008 @ 14:12

I would like to know if someone has this terrible infection should the family be told, and people who are going to care for them? The reason I ask is that my dad has just passed away with c diff and other things but c diff was the main one,we only found out that he had this on the day before he died, and I would never have known only for your programme which I watched, so I knew what the doc was talking about when he said the full name clostridium difficile,we were told that we would have to ask the person ie doctor who looked after him for the 8 weeks that he was in for before coming home for 2 weeks before he died,during that 8 weeks he had a water infection then kidney failure,then he had diarrhoea for 17 days,I kept asking them to please tell us what was wrong with him, and could they please give him something to stop it,we were told that hospital policy was that it had to run its course,they then gave him the camera in his back passage,we asked for the results and told that the good news was that he did`nt have cancer the bad news was that they did not know why he had diarrhoea for that length of time,they also said they had found little moduls in his bowel and that we had to make sure that he opened his bowels everyday to stop him getting an infection,they may have mentioned that he had clostridium difficile,we were told that it was ok and nothing for us to worry about,as I said it was only because I watched your programme that we realised what they were talking about.We were very angry to think my dad had only gone in hospital on March 6 with his INR too high and ended up getting this terrible infection.We are very angry also because they would not supply us with any gloves or aprons to protect us, although we got our own gloves we did not have aprons and were not told to be careful not to pass anything on to my mum who is 84,and she had not been very well.As soon as we get a chance we are going to go to the hospital for answers,my poor mum does not know that my dad had died from this,as she is very upset at present to be told because they were together for 60 years this year.


Tuesday 10th June 2008 @ 14:36

I am so sorry to read your comments about your dad regarding c diff. I fear that I might have contracted the "bug" too. Am currently being tested and will assume I have it with regard to passing it on to the rest of my family. I am really worried and need to know just how infectious this bug is. I had a recent op to remove a plate and pins from a broken leg, but was only in hospital for eight hours.

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