Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Controlling Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is becoming more prevalent as a health care-associated infection. CDI causes diarrhea that can progress to colitis, colon perforation and sepsis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDI is fatal in approximately 14,000 Americans annually. CDC guidelines have been in place nationally for at least five years, targeting antimicrobial stewardship, early identification and treatment, and the prevention of health care facility transmission. The Minnesota Hospital Association, has concentrated on the prevention of health care facility transmission by compiling the Controlling CDI tool kits comprising a succinct approach to the prevention of health care facility transmission of CDI through surveillance, early recognition, isolation precautions, environmental cleaning, and promotion of antimicrobial stewardship.

Download the CDI Prevention Strategies gap analysis

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