Beware the Clostridiapocalypse!
Ok, perhaps I’m being overly dramatic. Then again, maybe not…
You see, there is a contagion in our midst, good people. A contagion that WE helped to create and then disseminate. Our overuse of antibiotics along with a lack of adherence to proper infection control practices has unleashed this unnatural plague upon the unsuspecting bowels of the world. And the proton pump inhibitors don’t help, either.
All of us in healthcare have seen the nastiness C. diff colitis can cause; I’ve seen patients otherwise healthy who’ve died of complications from Clostridium difficile infection. Freeman White —my most excellent Downtown Vegas compatriot and amazing camera dude—has a loved one who was seriously affected by the disease (which was contracted in the hospital during an admission for a routine surgical procedure). It ain’t a joke, homies…it can be a heartbreaking, life-changing disaster.
But we CAN have some fun edumedicating about it…hence our silly video! Initially, Freeman and I sketched it out as an epic Hollywood-style zombie flick—complete with actors, C. diff zombies, special effects, and cocaine habits for all involved. But then reality bit, and we scaled it down…especially when I found out the legendary Dr. Harry would be visiting yours truly in Downtown Vegas. Despite being mistaken for Mr. Chow by tourists on the Strip, Harry found time to do some of the best acting of his storied career—and this in between repeated visits to pay homage at the Liberace Museum.
So spread the word (but not the spores) y’all, and don’t forget to sign up for our email list on the upper right so you’ll never miss another video. And BIG love to Phat Darkie, a plastic surgeon and sick DJ who kindly supplied the hot, silicone-enhanced backing track!
Dawn of the Diff (C. Diff Rap Lyrics)
You go to the doctor to talk ‘em in
To givin’ antibiotics for your coughin’ thing
They explain that the pain in your throat’s a virus
“Antibiotics are not desirous!”
But you ain’t hearing this, you get all in they face
“Why, this is malpractice, a total disgrace!
I’m not leaving this place without a script, my man!”
Frustrated and berated, doc throws up his hands
Day 1: Zithromax pill on your tongue
Protective bugs in your gut killed off, son
Day 8: Your belly ain’t feeling so great
And runny diarrhea straight ruins your date
Fee Fi Fo Fum…I smell the stench of Clostridium
Difficile colitis serves ya rightis
For wasting antibiotics on a virus
Now C. diff’s free to grow—no competition
The spores that it sows? Fecal-oral transmission
In the ED you’re marinatin’
While your C. diff’s straight disseminatin’
Yo! Now this ain’t no run of the mill type runs
Cause the C. diff germs ain’t fun
They the ones with the toxins, fever, septic shock and toxic megacolon, yo!
And the spores that they shed in the hospital bed ain’t dead with Purell gel
What the hell?
Use contact precautions, hand washin’, hospital personnel!
ZDoggMD just keepin’ it real
With some loose smelly rhymes and old skool feel
Zombies creepin’ like Dawn of the Dead
C. diff seepin’ and spawnin’ to spread
Use antibiotics as intended
And wash your hands now docs like you meant it
If you don’t buy my advice, at least rent it
Hot mess in your shorts? Prevent it!