Take antibiotics only as prescribed by your doctor. Antibiotics can be life-saving medicines. However, when a person takes antibiotics, good germs that protect against infection are destroyed for several months.
During this time, patients can get sick from C. difficile picked up from contaminated surfaces or spread from a health care provider’s hands. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care.
What is Clostridium Difficle?
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis.
People who have other illnesses or conditions requiring prolonged use of antibiotics, and the elderly, are at greater risk of acquiring this disease. The bacteria are found in the feces. People can become infected if they touch items or surfaces that are contaminated with feces and then touch their mouth or mucous membranes. Healthcare workers can spread the bacteria to patients or contaminate surfaces through hand contact.
- Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain/tenderness
How is C. difficile transmitted?
Clostridium difficile is shed in feces. Any surface, device, or material (e.g., toilets, bathing tubs, and electronic rectal thermometers) that becomes contaminated with feces may serve as a reservoir for the Clostridium difficile spores. Clostridium difficile spores are transferred to patients mainly via the hands of healthcare personnel who have touched a contaminated surface or item. Clostridium difficile can live for long periods on surfaces.
How Vital Avenue PureBioGuard Can Help
Recently Vital Avenue PureBioGuard has been under the microscope — of how it helps to fight against C. difficile. The final report of the Clostridium Difficile Spores challenge test are extremely encouraging. The experiment concluded the following:
- PureBioGuard formulation demonstrated a 4.9237 log reduction (99.9999%) kill of C. Difficile spores
- PureBioGuard is the only topical skin product that demonstrates efficacy against C. Difficile spores
Needless to say, these results have all of us at Vital Avenue VERY excited.
Along with a lack of long-lasting protection against germs, alcohol formulation was shown to be ineffective against Clostridium Difficile Spores. The spore form has a shield coat that alcohol cannot penetrate.