Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) has experienced a small cluster of Clostridium Difficile (C. diff) cases and, in consultation with the Public Health Unit, has declared an outbreak on the Medicine Unit.
“Three patients acquired C. diff within this past week. Earlier, this week we put in place strategies to contain the infection and protect our patients. Some of the strategies we implemented include additional cleaning of all rooms and corridors on the unit and extra cleaning audits. As always, signage is in place to instruct visitors when entering isolation areas,” said CMH Vice-President, Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Executive, Susan Gregoroff.
“I want to thank our staff for being proactive and vigilant. We are working closely with our Public Health colleagues to ensure all precautionary measures are in place. Together with Public Health we will continue to monitor the situation closely. What we need from members of our community is to practice good hand hygiene. Hand sanitizers are located at all entrances and units in the hospital. More importantly, if you are not feeling well, you should not come to the hospital to visit your loved one,” added Gregoroff.
New information about the outbreak will be shared with local media and posted to the CMH website as it develops.