Controlling Clostridium difficile
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
For questions, contact the MHA patient safety/quality team.