March 4th, 2016
March 4, 2016 (Kitchener) – St. Mary’s General Hospital today declared an outbreak of C. difficile on its 7th floor Inpatient Medicine Unit.
There are currently two patients on the unit with hospital acquired C. difficile, a bacteria found in the bowel. The patients are in isolation with dedicated nursing in one end of the unit and are being monitored and treated appropriately for their symptoms. Enhanced infection control and cleaning measures have been put in place on the entire 7th floor Medicine Unit and it has been closed to new admissions and transfers. St. Mary’s is working closely with Waterloo Region Public Health to reduce the chance of further spread.
While there are currently no visitor restrictions, visitors to the seventh floor are asked to check in with the nursing station on arrival, clean their hands on arrival and before leaving and adhere to all infection control practices.
“Measures are in place to reduce the chance of further transmission,” said Dr. William Ciccotelli, Medical Director, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiologist, “We are taking this situation very seriously and will work closely with Waterloo Region Public Health to resolve it as quickly as possible,” he said.
Anne Kelly, Interim Manager of Communications
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