November 2017: C. Difficile Infection Awareness Month

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.