From ABC: Health experts are sounding the alarm about the growing threat from new drug- resistant bacteria a superbug that can be deadly. It's often spread in hospitals and nursing homes, and causes severe intestinal infections.
Daughter Karthy Carroll-Josenhans said,"We really thought we were going to lose him right then and there. Nobody could tell us what was wrong." C-difficle is showing up in a more deadly form.
This new survey found that on any given day, more than 7000 hospital patients are suffering from this infection - It's estimated 300 of them will die.
Study Author Dr. William Jarvis said," Well we were very surprised, we knew the rate had been increasing, but I think our data suggested it is increasing even more rapidly than previously
C-difficile is often spread from patient to patient --room to room -- by unsuspecting doctors and nurses. Some hospitals are now going on the offensive.. taking aggressive measure
to try to stop the spread of this dangerous bacteria. At dozens of New York's area hospitals -all equipment is wiped down with bleach, which is the only thing that works against c-diff.
This is done routinely for everybody. Hands are repeatedly washed with soap and water, doctors use disposable gowns and gloves and patients with c-diff are isolated. It's working.
Dr. Brian Koll/Chief, Infection Control, Beth Israel Hospital: "We've actually had a 75% decrease in C-difficile infections at Beth-Israel." In addition, one California company is testing a new drug that has shown real promise, but it is years away from making it to the market.
For now, one of the best precautions a patient can take - is quite simple - make sure everyone- family, friends and hospital staff washes with soap and water before coming into the room.