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C. difficile outbreak declared at RVH 0

There is a facility-wide outbreak of C. difficile at Barrie's Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

Over the weekend, there were two new hospital-acquired cases, bringing the total in April to eight cases.

Strategies are being put in place to contain the spread of C. difficile.

"Our action planning team has convened and immediately redirected resources, supplies and personnel to ensuring every measure possible can be taken to keep our patients safe," said Deb Paton, RVH's manager of infection prevention and control.

These measures include a deep clean of medical units, hiring a special bug-busting team and cleaning all high-touch areas and all bathrooms with a high-strength disinfectant

RVH declared a suspect outbreak of C. difficile, a bacterium commonly found in hospitals and long-term care facilities, on Friday.

The number of new RVH patients testing positive for C. difficile had increased in April to six hospital-acquired cases.

There are no visitor restrictions at RVH, but visiting hours (2-8 p.m.) will be strictly enforced, with a limit of two visitors per patient at a time.

Collingwood General & Marine Hospital declared a C. difficile outbreak on its medical floor Friday.

Hospital officials offered no specifics about the outbreak, only saying it is due to a slight increase in the usual number of cases expected to be seen.

Patients infected with C. difficile are being cared for using strict isolation guidelines and visitors are restricted to one healthy adult at a time, per patient.

Clostridium difficile is bacteria that many people carry in their bowels, but it poses little risk for the healthy. It can become an issue for those who are unwell, elderly or who have compromised health and are taking antibiotics. They kill off the good bacteria in the bowel and allow C. difficile to flourish and cause infection.

C. difficile spores are extremely hardy and can survive on surfaces for weeks.


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