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
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]