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Clostridium Difficile: Prevention and Management

Clostridium Difficile: Prevention and Management

Clostridium Difficile: Prevention and Management

Leah Frederick
Leah Frederick
on behalf of Pedagogy Incorporated

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Launch date: 21 Sep 2017
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Last updated: 02 Feb 2018

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Clostridium difficile is an inimitable organism that normally lives in the gut. When an antibiotic is taken to treat an infection, helpful or normal bacteria are destroyed, causing an overgrowth of the C. difficile bacteria. Clostridium difficile localizes to the large bowel, where it manifests as diarrhea and colitis. The symptoms of CDI can be mild or life-threatening.

Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitals and has become, along with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, one of the most common causes of health care–associated infections.¹ The incidence and severity of C. difficile infection (CDI) have increased dramatically since 2000, and CDI is estimated to cause as many as 20,000 deaths and to cost as much as $3.2 billion per year in US acute care facilities alone.² CDI outbreaks have become more common, and infection control–based CDI prevention efforts appear to be less effective than in the past.

How does your facility prevent patients from getting a CDI during their stay? In this course you will learn the characteristics and transmission of CDI, best practices for monitoring these infections, and the recommended practices for prevention and control.


Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1.Discuss 2 features of the microorganism Clostridium difficile which make transmission difficult to control in the healthcare setting.
2.List the elements of a program to recognize and prevent CDI and transmission in the healthcare setting.
3.Discuss the importance of hand hygiene and environmental cleaning in prevention of transmission of Clostridium difficile.
4.Describe resources for controlling CDI in the healthcare setting.
Leah Frederick

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Leah Frederick
on behalf of Pedagogy Incorporated

Leah owns the consulting firm Infection Prevention Consultants, LLC, providing infection prevention mentorship and program development services to for-profit and not-for-profit health care providers nationwide.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
  • 4.50 Hours
  • Georgia Board of Nursing
  • 4.50 Hours
  • Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators
  • 4.50 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 50
    Reference: Broker 20-355815 Provider 50-13256

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