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Study: Using Bed Barriers Cuts Down on C. diff

A new study has achieved a reduction in Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal system that affects up to 500,000 people annually in hospitals.

The study, conducted by researchers at Xavier University in Cincinnati and Bon Secours Mercy Health Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Kentucky, achieved an almost 60% decrease in infections, which is double the nationwide reduction goal established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study was conducted at a 158-bed acute care hospital in Ashland, Kentucky, between April 2016 and October 2018.

“The [barrier] provided a mattress surface free of pathogenic bacteria and C. difficile spores for each patient,” according to the study authors. “The success of the laundry process in disinfecting the [barrier] was likely due to it being fabric coated with polyurethane, which allowed the laundry process to successfully remove the C. difficile spores.”

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