Collateral impact of a hospital outbreak of Clostridium difficile: an unrecognized surge event requiring a system-level response.

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Collateral impact of a hospital outbreak of Clostridium difficile: an unrecognized surge event requiring a system-level response.

Healthc Q. 2012;15(3):66-72

Authors: Christian MD

Abstract

This paper discusses a unique surge event caused by an outbreak of Clostridium difficile, resulting not from an increase in the demands on the healthcare system but, rather, from a substantial decrease in the capacity to provide care when the medical capacity in the facility was decreased by 50% due to bed closures. Approaches to managing the situation using the staff, stuff and space paradigm are presented as strategies to prevent future adverse medical events.

PMID: 22986569 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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