Preventing and Managing C. difficile Infection (CDI)

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Learning Objectives

  • Required PPE
  • CDI testing
  • Principal risk factors

Course Description

C. difficile is a gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium that causes serious disease ranging from diarrhea to potentially lethal pseudomembranous colitis.

The rate of C. difficile 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 flora and allow C. difficile to cause disease.

In this course, you will learn about evidence-based prevention and management of CDI.

Did you know…

  • According to the CDC, C. difficile was estimated to cause almost half a million infections in the United States in 2011
  • 29,000 of these patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis
  • C. difficile infections (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

Target Audience:  Nurses

Time to Complete: 30 Minutes

Contributor: Morgan Ryan

Author Information

Course development was guided by the expertise of Morgan Ryan, Amplifire’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 Amplifire’s Recognizing and Managing Sepsis course.