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C diff patients in Yorkshire asked to carry card

Patients with Clostridium difficile in east Yorkshire are being asked to carry a card that identifies them as having the healthcare-associated infection.

The initiative aims to reduce rates of C difficile by protecting patients at risk of contracting the infection.

The “C-diff Card” is being introduced by NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which is working on the project with City Health Care Partnership.

It was launched on 3 December 2013 at an event involving NHS and East Riding care home staff in Beverley.

The card will be issued to patients who test positive for C difficile, either in hospital or their GP surgery. Carrying it will be voluntary.

The card is designed to alert healthcare professionals in the community to the presence of the infection, to help them make informed decisions when prescribing antibiotics or drugs for diarrhoea.

It is hoped that, in addition to reducing infection rates, the card will help local patients to take a more active role in decisions around their own care.

CCG chair Dr Gina Palumbo said “The C-diff Card is a very welcome initiative that supports us as local clinicians to make decisions with our patients about their on-going health care.

“We hope it will make real difference to reducing the risks associated with C. difficile in our area.”

 

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