By: Christian John Lillis
We’re very proud of Ohio Advocate Christina McDuffie, whose recent op-ed was published in the Columbus Dispatch on Friday, March 9, 2018.
With C. diff, what we 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 places we seek 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 highlight the problem and if the state shares the data, as it did 12 years ago.