Clostridium difficile bacteria spread very easily. Despite this, infections can usually be prevented by practising good hygiene in healthcare environments, such as washing hands regularly and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces using special products with sporicidal effect, e g LifeClean.
Visitors and hospital staff can reduce the risk of spreading infection by washing hands thoroughly before and after entering the bed space. Alcohol hand gel is not effective against Clostridium difficile spores, so the use of soap and water is essential.
Cleaning and disinfection is effective
Clostridium difficile is a bacteria with the ability to form spores that can survive for a long time in almost every environment, which clearly increases the risk of spreading the infection to others. The infectious problem is made worse since these microorganisms are hard to eliminate using ordinary products.
Smart cleaning followed by disinfection – using a disinfectant with sporicidal effect – has proven effective when tested in Swedish hospital wards recently. Monitoring of Clostridium difficile infections on a hospital level and cleaning with spore-eliminating disinfectants is not yet standard practise. These simple measures, however, combined with a more rational use of antibiotics, are effective in preventing the infections.
LifeClean Products are new tools in the battle against these treacherous bacteria, and give hope to hospitals and care institutions all over the world.