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Clostridium difficile: preventing epidemic outbreaks in home health.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18849725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clostridium difficile is not affected by alcohol-based hand rubs or most cleaning solutions. As a result, it spreads quickly and easily. Spores can survive for months on environmental surfaces. Epidemics of hypervirulent mutations in the United States, Canada, and Europe are causing life-threatening infections, with rising mortality rates. This article aims to teach home health clinicians what they need to know to protect patients, families, themselves, and the community beyond the patient's home.
Mary C Vrtis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Home healthcare nurse     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1539-0713     ISO Abbreviation:  Home Healthc Nurse     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-13     Completed Date:  2009-01-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8403379     Medline TA:  Home Healthc Nurse     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  563-9; quiz 570-1     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Canada / epidemiology
Clostridium difficile* / pathogenicity
Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
Disease Reservoirs / microbiology
Early Diagnosis
Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  microbiology,  prevention & control*
Europe / epidemiology
Home Care Services / organization & administration*
Infection Control / organization & administration*
Nursing Assessment
Patient Education as Topic
Risk Factors
United States / epidemiology

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