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Longitudinal study on the detection of Clostridioides difficile at the Fargo Veteran Affairs Community Living Center

Published:November 19, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2019.09.012

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      • Clostridiodes Difficile environmental detection in long-term care facility.
      • Detection of Clostridiodes Difficile Spores using the Clostridiodes Banana Broth.
      • Environmental Contamination and Persistence of Clostidiodes Difficile Spores could unknowingly be passed to patients and staff.
      Our study used C Diff Banana Broth to evaluate the occurrence of positive Clostridioides difficile spores in new and preexisting hospital rooms. C difficile incidence was 5.5%. Analysis using multiple linear regression found that rooms with contact precautions in place were significant predictors of a positive sample (P ≤ .001). Room occupancy was not a significant predictor (P = .544). Thus it could be interpreted that the environment can be a significant carrier for C difficile.

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