Efforts to curb the spread of Clostridium difficile are increasing, yet are not having much of an effect on the infection rate for the intestinal superbug, according to a national survey of infection preventionists (PDF).
Sponsored by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the survey showed that while 70% of infection preventionists have adopted additional practices to halt the spread of C. diff since March 2010, only 42% have experienced a decline in the infection rate. In fact, 43% have not noticed any improvement.
“We are encouraged that many institutions have adopted stronger measures to prevent” C. diff infections, Jennie Mayfield, APIC president-elect and clinical epidemiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, said in a release. “But as our survey indicates, more needs to be done to reduce the spread of this infection.”
Mayfield expressed concern that staffing levels aren't sufficient to deal with C. diff. Only 21% of survey respondents said they had added infection prevention staff during the three-year period.