Cliff the C.Diff Dog

It turns out dogs can smell C. diff.  In fact, one dog named Cliff can use his superior sense of smell to sniff out early signs of this problematic infection.  A Dutch team spent two months using a reward-based training system to teach Cliff to pick up the unique odor of C. difficile, both in stool samples and among patients themselves.  Cliff was successful in identifying C. difficile patients 83 percent of the time.   I am not sure how feasible it is to have a dog on staff that will smell the asses of patients as they come in through the door, though.    More importantly, however, there is a joke in here somewhere.  Please list your one-liners in the comment section so we can see which one of you is the funniest.  For example:

ER Receptionist: “Are you here for an illness or injury, sir?”

Patient: “Neither, I’m just here for the dog”.

 

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  7 comments for “Cliff the C.Diff Dog

  1. Richard W. Mondak
    December 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    “Okay, now if you would please roll over… No, not you, Cliff. I was talking to Mr Johnson”

  2. Marco
    December 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    New instruction on the Hemoccult card:

    “Please do not place developer on sample until dog has sniffed it and given results”.

  3. Melinda
    December 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

    “I need your insurance card and photo ID, and then you need to let our practice’s dog “Buttster” greet you in the usual way dogs do that–please get on your hands and knees, facing away from the dog….”

  4. John Parkin
    December 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Should be a Labrador Retriever so you can bill for the “lab” test.

    • Richard W. Mondak
      December 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Oooh… I like that! My Black Lab (Clyde) is an unrepentant butt sniffer.

      Doug’s reference article called it a “pet scan”, so if you just happen to capitalize all the letters in the procedure note…
      by the end of the year, your practice could afford to feed the dog (and yourself) some really good kibble.

  5. Richard W. Mondak
    December 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    A new take on the “whiff test”?
    “whiff test” by Proxy (or whatever the dog’s name is)

    Will the AMA have to append the CPT (Canine Procedural Terminology) manual?

    Oh, there are so many more, but I’ll throw a bone and give others a chance to play…

    • Richard W. Mondak
      December 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Oooh… I like that! My Black Lab (Clyde) is an unrepentant butt sniffer.

      Doug’s reference article called it a “pet scan”, so if you just happen to capitalize all the letters in the procedure note…
      by the end of the year, your practice could afford to feed the dog (and yourself) some really good kibble.

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