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2011-08-12 12:10:00

An outbreak strain of Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and sometimes life-threatening inflammation of the colon, is common in Chicago-area acute care hospitals, an investigation published in the September issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology suggests. In response to Illinois Department of Public Health reports of rising rates of C. difficile infection as a hospital discharge diagnosis, the Chicago and Cook County health departments surveyed 25...

2008-10-06 00:00:36

By Robert Verkaik LAW EDITOR * NHS chiefs could face jail if they ignore warnings to cut risk of superbug infections DIRECTORS OF hospitals where patients have died from superbug infections because of failures by senior management will be prosecuted under new manslaughter laws, ministers have told NHS chiefs. The warning follows a number of high-profile investigations into MRSA and other superbug deaths which have failed to lead to any charges. Under tough new manslaughter laws which...

2008-08-29 18:00:39

PENSIONER Doreen Ford was one of more than 90 patients who died after contracting C.diff during Britain's worst ever outbreak. She caught the bug at Maidstone Hospital two years ago while having chemotherapy for her breast cancer. The 77-year-old was put in an isolation ward and given antibiotics - but the infection proved resilient. Doreen spent the next six weeks in and out of hospital before being readmitted and dying of septicaemia. A report later found a string of failures...

2008-08-20 06:00:58

A HOSPITAL ward has been closed after an outbreak of the Clostridium difficile superbug, it emerged yesterday. Seven patients at Dunfermline's Queen Margaret Hospital tested positive for the infection. The ward where they were treated has been closed to new admissions since Friday, when the patients were first taken ill. Fife NHS Board said procedures were in place to control the spread of the infection. In a statement, the board said: "The patients are being nursed in isolation as...

2008-08-06 06:00:46

By Lyndsay Moss ANY death of someone in hospital is upsetting for the family and the staff caring for that patient. But where there is a suspicion that something could have been done to prevent that death, the outcome can be devastating. This is the situation facing families of patients at the Vale of Leven Hospital who died after being infected with the Clostridium difficile bug. This week sees publication of a report into the circumstances surrounding an outbreak at the...

2008-08-05 12:01:07

By CLAIRE McNEILLY; LISA SMYTH NO further measures to fight killer superbugs are expected to be introduced in Northern Ireland hospitals in the coming weeks, the Department of Health said today. Fears over the spread of the deadly superbug Clostridium Difficile are growing after a second health trust declared an outbreak of the killer infection as the worst ever in the UK. Just hours after the Northern Trust confirmed that a further eight deaths last month in the area were linked to...

2008-07-14 15:00:51

A PATIENT died during an outbreak of the Clostridium difficile bug at a Glasgow hospital, it has emerged . Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said she understood six patients had been affected by the outbreak at the Victoria Infirmary last month. One patient died on June 24, she said, and that the Scottish Government had been advised by health chiefs at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde that C-diff was "a contributory factor in the patient's death". The death comes after an outbreak of the...

2008-07-03 06:00:55

THE number of pensioners diagnosed with the Clostridium difficile superbug has risen to record levels, it was revealed yesterday. A report published by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) showed 1,861 patients aged over 65 in Scotland became infected with C difficile between January and March this year - a 16 per cent increase from 1,608 in the last quarter of 2007. Three quarters of those are thought to have contracted the infection while in hospital. An outbreak of the bug earlier...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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