WHEREAS, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 250,000 C. difficile infections occur per year that require hospital treatment or affect those already hospitalized; and,
WHEREAS, each year an estimated 14,000 people die from C. difficile infection with more than 80 percent of the deaths among Americans aged 65 years or older; 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; 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 2017 as C. Difficile Infection Awareness Month in Michigan.