When a patient has an infection, they are given antibiotics to cure the infection. However, for some people antibiotics can trigger a life-threatening infection known as Clostridium difficile. This is also known C. diff. People who deal with C. diff need to receive treatment very quickly in order to ensure their own safety.
Information. Clostridium difficile can trigger a serious inflammation of the colon known as colitis. The bacteria that causes colitis is found all in the air, water, feces of humans and animals, and soil. Most people have this bacteria in their intestinal tract, but never have any symptoms or issues with bacteria. It is common to see outbreaks of colitis in nursing homes and hospitals. This is due to the fact that workers in the hospitals or nursing homes are more likely to come into contact with the bacteria, and then spread it to patients, residents, and fellow workers.