Vancouver Hospital Struggles with C. diff Outbreak

The Vancouver Sun and Canwest News Service are reporting that eight patients at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital have become ill from Clostridium difficile infections and one patient may have already died from the infection.  

Reporter Richard Watts says that as of last week,  health officials placed the hospital on outbreak status, which requires hospital staff to undertake a series of measures -- including stepped-up cleaning -- to stop the spread of the highly infectious bacteria. Watts quotes nurse Bev Dobbyn, director of infection prevention and control, as saying, “We are still in onslaught, total absolute onslaught.” To read the rest of this news item, CLICK HERE.