November 2018: C. Difficile Infection Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports  that approximately half a million C. Difficile infections occur per year that require hospital treatment or affect those already hospitalized; and,

WHEREAS, approximately 29,000 patients die within thirty days of the initial diagnosis of C. Difficile of with about 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly attributable to C. Diff infection; and,

WHEREAS, studies indicate that C. Difficile has become the most common microbial cause of healthcare-associated infections in U.S.A.  hospitals and costs up to $4.8 billion each year in excess health care costs for acute care facilities alone; and,

WHEREAS, one (1) out of every five (5) patients with a healthcare-associated C. Difficile infection experiences a recurrence of the infection and  1 out of every 9 patients aged 65 or older with a healthcare-associated C. Difficile infection died within 30 days of diagnosis; and,

WHEREAS, health care facilities employ dedicated professionals who advocate for improving health and promoting patient and staff safety in order to minimize and prevent C. Difficile infections; and,

WHEREAS, improved health practices, such as thorough hand hygiene, and environmental cleaning can significantly reduce the risk and spread of C. Difficile infections; and,

WHEREAS, ensuring the education of healthcare workers on proper infection prevention techniques is proven to reduce all types of healthcare-associated infections; and,

WHEREAS, health and safety is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our families and communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2018 as C. Difficile Infection Awareness Month in Michigan.