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Additional resources for the prevention of Clostridium difficile

These resources have been provided courtesy of APIC and the organizations noted to assist in the reduction of Clostridium difficile infections. The resources are in addition to those provided in the APIC Implementation Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections.

APIC CDI Pace of Progress Survey (2013)

APIC conducted the 2013 C. difficile infection (CDI) Pace of Progress survey in January 2013 to assess activities that have been implemented in U.S. healthcare facilities in the last three years to prevent and control CDI. A total of 1,087 APIC members completed the survey which was intended to provide a general overview of trends and indicate areas where more in-depth research might be beneficial.

 

Conference proceedings from APIC’s Clostridium difficile Educational and Consensus Conference
March 11-12, 2013

The complete conference proceedings include audio recordings of each session with synced PowerPoint presentations.

 

Reducing C. difficile Infections Toolkit: Best practices from the GNYHA/UHF Clostridium difficile Collaborative
Author: Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund (2011)
Courtesy of the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund

The strategies, recommendations, and tools included are intended to provide a basic framework that can be customized to meet the needs of individual institutions regardless of size, academic teaching status, staffing model, patient population, or available resources.

 

Menu of Strategies to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infections
Author: Illinois Campaign to Eliminate Clostridium difficile (2012)
Courtesy of the Illinois Campaign to Eliminate Clostridium difficile

This tool is intended to help you assess your facility’s current practices for preventing Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and identify areas for creating a plan of action.

 

Risk Analysis for Assessing Optimal C. difficile Management
Courtesy University of Florida/Shands Hospital


Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit: Best practices from the GNYHA/UHF Clostridium difficile Collaborative
Author: Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund (2011)
Courtesy of the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund

The resources included are intended to provide a basic framework that can be tailored to suit other institutions irrespective of the facility’s size, academic teaching status, staffing model (voluntary vs. staff physician models), formulary, prescribing practices, patient population, level of implementation, or available resources.

 

Guideline Summary: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clostridium difficile Infection in Adults: 2010 Update by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Author: Cohen SH, Gerding DN, Johnson S, Kelly CP, Loo VG, McDonald LC, et al.

 

Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Orders
Courtesy of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC

This tool is presented as an example of a CDI order sheet to be tailored to use in your facility.

 

A Practical Guidance Document for the Laboratory Detection of Toxigenic Clostridium difficile Author: The American Society for Microbiology (September 21, 2010)
Courtesy of the American Society for Microbiology

This document provides algorithms for the laboratory identification of C. difficile.

 

Clostridium difficile Guidelines and Recommendations
Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC provides a variety of guidelines and recommendation to prevent CDI.

 

Clostridium difficile Infections Tools
Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC offers toolkits for healthcare professionals including up-to-date information, recommended infection control measures, and tools for outbreak response coordination and reporting. The toolkits contain a variety of materials to support outbreak response as well as staff and patient education efforts.

 

Preventing transmission of Clostridium difficile infections in healthcare settings
Author: Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC

This diagram, which appears as an appendix in the implementation guide, is presented here in a larger size.

APIC welcomes additional contributions to this page of resources. If you have additional resources for the fight against CDI, please contact Thomas Weaver, DMD, at TWeaver@apic.org.