Patient Safety Tool: 6 Steps to C. Difficile Prevention Poster
The infographic visually displays the six steps for preventing C. difficile infections:
1. Prescribe and use antibiotics carefully. Approximately 50 percent of all antibiotics given are not needed, unnecessarily raising the risk of C. difficile infections.
2. Test for C. difficile when patients have diarrhea while on antibiotics or within several months of taking them.
3. Isolate patients with C. difficile immediately.
4. Wear gloves and gowns when treating patients with C. difficile, even during short visits. Hand sanitizer does not kill C. difficile, and hand washing may not be sufficient.
5. Clean room surfaces with bleach or another EPA-approved, spore-killing disinfectant after a patient with C. difficile has been treated there.
6. When a patient transfers, notify the new facility if the patient has a C. difficile infection.
View or download the C. difficile prevention infographic for use in your facility.
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