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The hospital acquired infection known as C. difficile is responsible for causing serious illness to thousands of people every year in the UK. Sadly approximately 10% of patients die from the complications associated with the infection. Until now there has been no specific drug available to target the bacteria and stop it producing the poisons that cause damage to the gut. However it appears that help is on its way.
A new drug has been developed called Diffclir, which acts to stop the bug from producing poisons, and even the spores that help C. Diff to spread. Studies have shown that it offers improved chances of recovery, and less chance of relapse, when compared to current treatments. Official guidance on NHS use will be available in a few weeks.
According the NHS, C. difficile does not cause problems for healthy people. However, some antibiotics that are used to treat other health conditions can interfere with the balance of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut. When this happens, C. difficile bacteria can multiply and produce toxins (poisons), which cause illness such as diarrhoea and fever.
C. difficile can be particularly dangerous for patients who are in hospital for long periods of time and elderly patients. We have come across many cases where C Diff has been spread from patient to patient – sometimes via nursing staff. It is essential that proper isolation policies are in force to prevent the spread of this dangerous microorganism, in particular because the spores can live on various surfaces for months and carry on infecting patients.
For many years Pinto Potts has helped victims of hospital acquired infections to claim compensation for their suffering and loss of income, that arose through no fault of their own, all on a no win, no fee basis. Thankfully hospitals have listened to what we have had to say over the years, hospital standards have improved, and cases of C. Diff and MRSA have fallen substantially.
If you or a family member has suffered from C. Diff or another hospital acquired infection, and you would like more information, call one of our Medical Negligence Specialist Solicitors at 0800 316 4434, or complete our online form. We’re here to help.
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