Bad Bugs: Clostridium Dificile Infection
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Describe the microbiological properties characteristic of clostridium difficile.
- Describe the clinical course, presentation, and treatment strategies for c. difficile infection as it presents in the inpatient setting.
- Describe appropriate hygiene and isolation precautions for infected patients, as recommended by professional societies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Clostridium difficile is a pathogen of increasing prevalence and significance in the healthcare system. Nurses and other healthcare providers often have a limited understanding of how this pathogen differs from other nosocomial infections, and this lack of knowledge can strongly contribute to patient morbidity and mortality, longer hospital stays, and, subsequently, increased care costs. This session reviews the microbiology of C. difficile infection, with an emphasis on the differences when compared with other pathogens. The emphasis is placed on the patients who are most susceptible and/or on the modes of transmission. Presenting clinical symptoms and the potential course of the illness and outcomes are described in detail. Treatment options and efficacy are reviewed. Research findings s
Funded in part by a grant from GE Healthcare
This webcast was captured at the 2011 NTI held in Chicago, IL
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