Clostridioides difficile infection
Clostridioides 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 for approximately 14,000 individuals
MHA has developed a CDI road map outlining evidence-based
recommendations and standards for the development of prevention and quality
improvement programs that align process improvements with outcome data. Road
maps reflect published literature and guidance from relevant professional
organizations and regulatory agencies, as well as identified proven practices.
MHA’s Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Committee provides expert guidance
and oversight to all health care-associated infection road maps.
MHA’s CDI road map comprises a succinct approach
to the prevention of health care facility transmission of CDI through
surveillance, early recognition and appropriate testing, isolation precautions,
environmental cleaning, and promotion of antimicrobial stewardship.