Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff, usually affects those of us who have recently been treated with antibiotics. It is a bacterial infection that causes havoc with the digestive system and the symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe illness. As well as diarrhoea, patients can expect a high temperature of at least 38 degrees centigrade and painful abdominal cramps. C. diff can sometimes develop to the point where it becomes life-threatening and death has been known in rare cases. This condition usually comes about when this particular bacteria has been passed out of the bowels in faeces and it has the ability to survive for months in the right conditions. It’s a sad fact that many sufferers of C. diff come into contact with this bacteria whilst in hospitals, care homes, and other NHS establishments. When the level of hygiene drops below the acceptable standards that are expected in our health establishments, it is possible to contract a Clostridium difficile infection. It is vital that hospitals maintain a certain standard when it comes to cleaning surfaces and door handles in particular. The bacteria can be transferred from these areas and into contact with patients, staff and visitors alike. In some cases, life-saving surgery is required in order to remove damaged sections of the bowel. If you ever visit a friend or relative in hospital who is suffering from C. diff, you must always ensure that you wash your hands with soap and water before and after.
What happens if I contract C. diff?
If you believe that you have recently contracted C. diff as a result of a stay or a visit at your local hospital or perhaps a care home, you should seek medical advice from your GP as soon as possible. Treatment usually clears up this potentially dangerous bacterial infection within about 10 days. If there is evidence that your Clostridium difficile infection was a result of negligence, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence financial compensation. Remember that you may have become ill because of someone else’s fault and you should be able to claim for what is rightfully yours. Please call Accident Advice Helpline once you have recovered and we will help you to make a claim.
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Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown