C. diff

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If you smell evil but can't spot Satan or the Grim Reaper, then the most likely source is someone infected with C. diff.


Risk Factors


Brown-nosing or gunnerhea.


Symptoms & Signs


Patients typically present with abdominal cramping and profuse diarrhea. It is not uncommon for them to feel so sick they ask you, "Is it possible for me to sh*t my brains out?"


Diagnosis


C. diff may have a distinctive smell and taste, but the gold standard for diagnosis is a stool C. diff toxin. In the event the patient has an atypical presentation with productive sputum, a sputum C. diff toxin can be sent.


Treatment


Flagyl and probiotics. As for health care professionals, don't forget your gown.[1][2][3] Though handwashing with soap and water is ideal, blowing off your hands entirely with state-of-the-art hand dryers is another great alternative.


Gomerpedia Advice


If someone asks if you'd like to taste their C. diff, respectfully decline. Trust us.


Related Reading


- MRSA

- Colonoscopy


References


  1. Michael Kors Designs Surgical Gown Line for Spring
  2. Apple to Introduce New Surgical Gown 7 with No Sleeves
  3. Dior’s New Yellow Isolation Ballroom Gowns are Stunning



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