Risk of CDI in the modern ICU

Dr Mark Loeb is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases at McMaster University.

Is Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) a serious problem in the modern intensive care unit (ICU)?

Mark Loeb, MD, MSc: Yes, in some ICUs it is a serious problem. It really depends.

Because patients are close together and are cared for by health-care workers who might not be washing their hands in-between patients, there is a risk for transmission of C difficile in the environment. This together with a high use of antibiotics creates a risk for C difficile in the ICU.

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