Clostridium difficile in the hospital environment

Nelly Elvire Patricia Engelhardt

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

Abstract

Clostridium (Clostridioides) difficile is a multi-resistant anaerobic bacterium that causes diarrhoea, and significant morbidity and mortality in hospital patients. Contamination of the hospital environment with spores is important in disease initiation. In this study, cellulose sponges were superior to flocked swabs for detection of C. difficile on surfaces. Surveillance cultures were then taken in selected wards for 2 years after opening of a tertiary hospital. The hospital environment was contaminated throughout the study period. Person to person transmission was rare in the setting of a cleaning and disinfection policy, and isolation of
cases.
LanguageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Riley, Thomas, Supervisor
  • Chang, Barbara, Supervisor
  • McGechie, David Barrie, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date22 Mar 2018
DOIs
StateUnpublished - 2018

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Clostridium difficile
Anaerobic Bacteria
Clostridium
Disinfection
Porifera
Hospital Mortality
Spores
Tertiary Care Centers
Cellulose
Diarrhea
Morbidity

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Engelhardt, Nelly Elvire Patricia. / Clostridium difficile in the hospital environment. 2018.
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2018.

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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