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Guidelines Urge Hospitals to Prioritize Efforts to Lower C. difficile Prevalence — Physician’s First Watch

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May 7, 2014

Guidelines Urge Hospitals to Prioritize Efforts to Lower C. difficile Prevalence

By Kelly Young

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and other professional groups have released practical guidance for preventing Clostridium difficile infections and surgical-site infections in hospitals. Both sets of recommendations are available for free in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Among the recommendations:

  • C. difficile is resistant to alcohol-based sanitizers, so wearing gloves and washing hands with soap and water is important.

  • Patients who have C. difficile should be treated in rooms separated from the general patient population and have dedicated patient care items and equipment.

  • Evidence-based antimicrobial prophylaxis guidelines should be followed.

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