Clostridium Difficile benefits from two interacting forces.
|Overuse of antibiotics||This produces stronger bacteria and weaker patients.|
|Complex targets||Government targets on hospital infections have focused on MRSA, which has led to other hospital infections being neglected. Furthermore, patients are shuffled around the hospital to satisfy healthcare productivity targets, which increases the rate of infection. Meanwhile, hospital cleaning is driven by cost targets. |
As with many complex ecosystems, there are some winners and losers. Does that mean the purpose of this complex system is to promote the interests of Clostridium Difficile? What does POSIWID tell us about the possibility of effective interventions into this complex system?
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