Clostridium difficile Infections
The Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) clinical area of focus will assist hospitals with implementing evidence-based best practices to reduce C. difficile.
This initiative is part of the goal to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by reducing C. difficile infections while improving appropriate antibiotic utilization.
NYSPFP's approach to reducing C. difficile
and preventing the spread of this infection and other multi-drug resistant organisms includes offering education to support hospitals in implementing best practices to reduce this hospital-acquired infection. The educational programming incorporates the following key, evidence-based reduction strategies:
- Infection Prevention Strategies: Includes immediate contact precautions, hand hygiene, signage to ensure staff is aware of rooms with patients who have C. difficile, readily available personal protective equipment, patient placement/cohorting strategy in multiple-bed rooms
- Environmental Cleaning: Both terminal and daily cleaning practices
- Antibiotic Stewardship: Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s core elements of hospital antibiotic stewardship
NYSPFP encourages hospitals to incorporate C. difficile
reduction in their efforts to achieve No Harm Across the Board