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London Health Sciences Centre C. difficile outbreak resolved


For Immediate Release

July 31, 2012


(LONDON, Ontario) The C.difficile outbreak declared on July 6 on B6 - 100 unit at Victoria Hospital is now over, and new processes will soon be in place to help reduce recurrences.

To help in the identification and management of patients who show symptoms of C.difficile disease, such as diarrhea or abdominal pain, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is using molecular testing in the laboratory.

“This new method provides quicker results,” says Dr. Michael John, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control. “It confirms the disease within two to three hours, compared to the one to three days sometimes required using traditional lab testing.”

Quicker identification of C.difficile in symptomatic patients will ensure they are placed on special precautions earlier, thus reducing spread to other patients.

Preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases is a top priority in the safe health care for our patients and the community.



About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 137 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca 



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