We’re very proud of Ohio Advocate Christina McDuffie who’s recent op-ed was published in the Columbus Dispatch on Friday, March 9, 2018.
With C. diff, what don’t know can kill us
Imagine being hit by an invisible car. That’s what infection by Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., felt like when it shut down my digestive system and almost killed me.
C. diff. strikes more than 18,000 Ohioans each year. It kills about a thousand of us — far more than traffic accidents — often in the very places we go seeking health care. These bacterial infections can be stopped if we know the places where they’re hurting the most people. We can know if we tell lawmakers to shine a light on the problem and if the state shares the data, as it did 12 years ago.