Report: C. diff rates higher with use of reusable sharps containers

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 1, 2015

Acute care hospitals that use reusable sharps containers saw higher rates of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) than hospitals that use single-use sharps containers, according to a study released by BD Medical, a segment of BD.

The study, which analyzed more than 600 hospitals in December 2013, showed that hospitals that use reusable sharps containers had a 15% higher rate of C. diff. An estimated $4.8 billion is spent annually treating C. diff, according to the report.

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