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Clostridium difficile

Author: Elizabeth A. Boldon RN, MSN

CE: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a major cause of infectious disease concern in the United States. It is the associated with hospital-acquired intestinal inflammation and diarrhea and, most commonly, with normal intestinal flora disruption due to poor prescribing practices of antibiotics. It has been reported that antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are often unnecessary or incorrect. Using infection control recommendations and more careful antibiotic use can prevent clostridium difficile infection. The risk of CDI associated with antibiotic use and other risk factors, including disease recognition, treatment and prevention are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. What Is Clostridium difficile?
    1. Symptoms of Clostridium difficile
    2. Causes of Clostridium difficile
    3. Risk Factors for Clostridium difficile
    4. Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile
    5. Complications of Clostridium difficile
  3. Treatment Of Clostridium difficile
    1. Antibiotics
    2. Surgery
    3. Medical Treatment for Recurrent CDI
  4. Prevention Of Clostridium difficile
    1. Surveillance
    2. Prevention Strategies
    3. Environmental Cleaning
    4. Chlorhexidine Bathing
    5. Antibiotic Stewardship
    6. Avoiding Gastric Acid Suppression
  5. Summary


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