Dogs to Detect C. difficile Infection
Dogs are great sniffers and using the same power of dog, a team of experts has trained a two-year-old beagle at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. The dog has been trained to sniff superbug Clostridium difficile in patients.
He has been provided with such a great training that it is able to sniff the disease from patient's bed. The dog named as Cliff underwent a test in which 50 stool samples were kept in front of him. Experts said that Cliff has successfully detected all the infections.
Dr. Marije Bomers, who was involved in imparting training to Cliff, said in order to reassure their findings. They made Cliff to visit at a hospital and were asked to tell about infections. In return, Cliff was able to tell 25 out of 30 infections just by smelling the air around patients' beds.
The findings of the test have also been published in the British Medical Journal. "The dog's diagnostic accuracy with stool samples suggests that immediate identification of C difficile is possible. Moreover, our data suggest that the same may be true for the rapid diagnosis", said Bomers. Bomers affirmed that the study does have certain limitations.
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