Clostridium Difficile Infection


A thirteenth person has died from a C. difficile infection at a hospital in Saint-Hyacinthe near Montreal, Canada.

More than 30 patients have been diagnosed with this bacteria at the Honoré-Mercier hospital in Montreal.

The government has ordered a coroner’s inquest into the outbreak which mostly affected the elderly. Health Minister Philippe Couillard states there is evidence to suggest minimum sanitation standards are not enforced in the hospital. Internal documents suggest serious gaps in hygiene standards before and throughout the outbreak.

Among them it was decided to cut costs by replacing single-use, disposable bedpans with washable and reusable stainless steel bedpans.

The bedpans were disinfected by orderlies when they should have been sent to an independent sterilization company, according to the committee. (CBC)

Crazy how they try to cut costs at the patients expense and in the end it probably costs even more money.


1 Comment »

  1. The last paragraph of your post, Paula, is the point in all this.

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