View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
By State Requirement
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
Rates of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) among hospitalized patients may be up to 20 times greater than previous estimates, according to a comprehensive study by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Researchers, who found that 13 of every 1,000 hospital patients are either infected or colonized with C. difficile, say that CDI is an "escalating issue" in U.S. healthcare facilities.
APIC researchers asked the organization's 12,000 members to collect data about all patients with CDI at their facilities on 1 day between May and August 2008. Participants responded from 648 facilities (about 13% of all U.S. facilities). On that day, 1,443 patients had CDI, which translates to over 7,000 patients nationwide on any given day. Found in units throughout the hospitals, 85% of infected patients were being treated for general medical conditions, such as diabetes or cardiac conditions.
Most often associated with antibiotic use, CDI is easily spread to vulnerable patients via hands contaminated with feces. APIC's Guide to the Elimination of Clostridium difficile in Healthcare Settings provides detailed recommendations to prevent CDI. These include guidelines on risk assessment, surveillance programs, hand hygiene and contact precautions, environmental and equipment decontamination, and antimicrobial stewardship programs to prevent unnecessary antibiotic use.
For more information about the APIC National Prevalence Study of Clostridium difficile in U.S. Healthcare Facilities, visit http://www.apic.org.
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top