hospital acquired infections http://ripr.org en Miriam Hospital Trials C.Diff Vaccine http://ripr.org/post/miriam-hospital-trials-cdiff-vaccine <p>C. Difficile is a highly contagious infection people can catch in hospitals or after taking antibiotics. It sickens many and kills about 14,000 people every year. But there’s hope for preventing these infections as a new vaccine moves into the clinical trial phase. The Miriam Hospital is participating in the trial.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26759 at http://ripr.org RI Hospital Cuts Infection Rate; More Hospitals to Track C. Diff. http://ripr.org/post/ri-hospital-cuts-infection-rate-more-hospitals-track-c-diff <p>Rhode Island Hospital officials say they have reduced the incidence of a potentially deadly infection patients can acquire in the hospital by 70 percent. Hospitals around the country are battling the infection called C. <em>difficile </em>, but tracking their progress has been difficult.</p><p>C. <em>difficile </em>causes infectious diarrhea, and you’re most likely to pick it up in a contaminated hospital or long-term care facility. 14,000 people die from it every year nationwide. What’s more, it resists most antibiotics, so it’s hard to treat.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:51:41 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17289 at http://ripr.org RI Hospital Cuts Infection Rate; More Hospitals to Track C. Diff.