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Preventing and Managing C. Difficile Infection

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Learning Objectives

  • Required PPE
  • CDI testing
  • Principal risk factors

Course Description

C. diffcile is a gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium that causes serious disease ranging from diarrhea to potentially lethal pseudomembranous colitis. The rate of C. diffcile infections (CDIs) has been rising steadily since 2000, complicated by the emergence of virulent new strains. One of the major risk factors for development of CDI is exposure to antibiotics, which alter the normal gut fora and allow C. diffcile to cause disease.

Author Information

Course development was guided by the expertise of Morgan Ryan, Amplifre’s Editorial Director. Morgan specializes in medical, life science, and biology course development, including the world’s most widely circulated biology textbook, E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth. Morgan is the editor of Amplifre’s Recognizing and Managing Sepsis course.

Did You Know...

  • 29,000 of these patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis
  • CDIs put an estimated burden of over $6.3 billion per year on the US health system, with costs attributable to CDI at over $21,000 per case

Course at a Glance

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30 Minutes

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Morgan Ryan

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