Published articles show that dogs can
indeed detect c-diff.
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1. MK Bomers 2012. Proof of principle. A study to show that a dog was able to detect c-diff.
A trained dog was able to detect C difficile with high estimated sensitivity and specificity, both in stool samples and in hospital patients infected with C difficile. Fetch it.
2. MK Bomers 2014. A detection dog to identify patients with Clostridium difficile infection during a hospital outbreak. In A study in a large Dutch hospital during a C difficile outbreak showed a single male Beagle detected CDI in hospitalized patients with a sensitivity and specificity of 86% and 97%, respectively. More recently, a Springer Spaniel in Canada was able to detect C difficile with a search capability sensitivity of 80% and a specificity of 92.9%.
3. M.K. Charles a, Y. Wang b, T. Zurberg c, J. Kinna c, E. Bryce.
Detecting Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile using canine teams: What does the nose know?
These findings strongly support the development of scent detection programe provided dogs and their handlers are properly trained and use in the right context. Fetch it here
4. E. Bryce, T. Zurberg, M. Zurberg, S. Shajari, D. Roscoe. Vancouver Coastal Health. Using Scent Detection Dogs to Identify Environmental Reservoirs of Clostridium Difficile:
Lessons from the field. This paper supports the concept that a canine team can be trained to detect
environmental sources of C. difficile and can be successfully integrated as part of an ongoing quality infection control
environmental assessment programme. A good read with charts
5. van Beurden YH1, Bomers MK2, van der Werff SD3, Pompe EAPM4, Spiering S5, C M J E Vandenbroucke-Grauls
Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Cost analysis of an outbreak of Clostridium difficile infection ribotype 027 in a Dutch tertiary care centre. The high costs associated with a CDI outbreak should help to justify the use of additional resources for CDI prevention and control.
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6. Maureen Taylor, July 2018. Using Scent Detection as a Point of Care Tool to identify Toxigenic Clostridium Difficile in Stool. A brief study to show that using a dog as a point of care tool is not a good idea. Make your own call. Fetch