Outpatient C. diff infections may be underdiagnosed, study finds
Jan 16, 2024
A new study looked at Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in outpatient settings and found the bacteria may be underdiagnosed, according to a study out Jan. 11 in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
Allowing nurses to independently order C. diff tests could halt spread: study
May 14, 2023
Allowing bedside nurses the autonomy to order testing for clostridium difficile results in faster turnaround times, which can help reduce the risk of the deadly bacteria’s transmission, researchers report.
C. diff may sneak in on soles of shoes, sampling study shows
Oct 08, 2021
Community exposure to the superbug Clostridiodes difficile may be more common than previously thought, with a surprising amount of spores carried on the soles of shoes, researchers say.
New C. difficile treatment guidelines advise fidaxomicin over vancomycin
Jun 29, 2021
Fidaxomicin should be the antibiotic of choice when treating adults with Clostridioides difficile infection, according to new guidance from U.S. infectious disease experts. And monoclonal antibodies can...
What you should know about disinfectants
May 13, 2021
In the long-term care sector, we have to address patients who may have been through multiple hospital visits and may have been infected with a wide range of multi-drug resistant organisms. Some of them...
Simple hygiene beats visitor contact precautions to reduce C. diff rate: study
Mar 01, 2021
Visitor contact precautions made little difference in protecting against Clostridium difficile in the elderly when compared with small changes in normal daily hygiene, new research has found.
Providers credited for 24% drop in C. diff rates
Apr 02, 2020
Falling U.S. infection rates are only seen in healthcare settings and are likely due to proactive measures taken by providers, say researchers.
C. diff often originates outside healthcare settings, new study suggests
Dec 11, 2019
One in 10 patients admitted to a New York hospital with no C. diff symptoms were found to be carriers. Six months later, 38% had symptoms.
Antibiotics in LTC: Changing from ‘Just in case’ to ‘Only when needed’
Philip D. Sloane, M.D., MPH and Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Mar 01, 2017
Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, the most common cause of death was infection. There was no good treatment for pneumonia, complications of urine or ear infections were common, and many people died...
Preventing C. diff infections with probiotics
Donna L. Parker, RN
Oct 06, 2016
I realized that it was not the infection control processes in place that were the problem and set out to find a way to reduce the C. diff rate in our facility.