Clostridium is no joke – after all, it can cause botulism, tetanus, gas gangrene, and of course, the classic C. difficile diarrhoea. The Archives of Internal Medicine looked a little closer, and showed you’ve got a 1% chance of getting it each admission, but how does it affect your chances of getting out of hospital alive?
Pretty badly as it turns out. The risk of absolute in-hospital death went up by 11%, with an average hazard ratio of about 3. For every 10 patients who get C. diff, one died.
Now we just need to find out why certain people seem to get C. difficile, and why that one out of the ten dies…
Read it all here.