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C-difficile outbreak declared over ahead of schedule

10/27/2010 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - Orillia, ON) – The C.difficile outbreak declared on August 9, 2010 at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is now over.

 

Working in conjunction with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), OSMH reported no new, hospital-acquired C-difficile cases over the past eight weeks. 

 

“We’re very pleased to be out of outbreak so quickly,” said Cindi Wigston, Infection and Prevention Control Coordinator at OSMH.  “We’ve basically come out of outbreak in the minimum amount of time possible.”

 

From the time an outbreak is declared, hospitals must register a 2-month period where the number of C.difficile cases remains at or below their baseline. For OSMH, the baseline is 0-3 cases per month, depending on patient volume. 

 

“An important part of getting patients onto the road to recovery is providing a physical environment that promotes healing,” said Elisabeth Riley, OSMH President and CEO. 

 

“By significantly reducing or eliminating the dangers associated with the spread of C.difficile through increased hand-washing and more vigilant infection control practices, we are living our strategic priorities  of ‘being a hospital known for patient safety’ and ‘achieving a healthy workplace.’”

 

Riley and Wigston credit staff, physicians and volunteers for their additional attention to detail to ensure the outbreak was not prolonged. 

 

“Aggressive hand-washing practice, both before and after patient contact, remains one of the primary defenses to hospital outbreaks,” said Wigston.  “It’s one way that everyone, including patients and visitors, can make a positive impact to the safety of our hospital.”

 

OSMH had a spike of 7 hospital-acquired C.difficile cases in July 2010 that led to the outbreak declaration.  No visiting restrictions were imposed during the outbreak.            

 

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

 

Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca 

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