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Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by dude1344, Jul 28, 2011.
I dislike it. That is all.
Anyone else seeing this a lot on the floor?
Clostridium in general is my least favorite organism.
I had an ID attending who passed around a "specimen for everyone to smell." Everyone put their nose right up to it, and when it came back around to him, he wafted some towards his face from afar. It was The Diff.
I'm more sick of testing for it than actually seeing it. I'm on a heme/onc service where everyone is getting or recently got chemo so virtually every single patient on our service has had at least one loose bowel movement and they all get reflexively tested. I had one patient on enteric precautions for 3 days because we ordered c. diff testing after a loose bowel movement but then he didn't have another bowel movement in the next 3 days.
I know it is a bad disease and can kill people. I'm just venting a bit.
I wouldn't say a lot, but when the patient can't make it to the commode, I do indeed see a decent amount on the floor...and in the bed...
On a more serious note, the unpleasant nature of C diff for both the patient and provider is one more reminder to wash your hands frequently....
I likes it. It is tasty.
I dont have the link or the article, but we were discussing one that had a 75% sensitivity (that's pretty good, in case you don't know biostats) for nurses "smelling" C. Diff.
That sh!t is for real (pun INtended!)
yeah that was supposed to be the learning pearl.