1. Mitchell, Indya RN, MSN, FNP-BC
  2. Shropshire, KaSheena RN, MSN, FNP-C
  3. Ruel, Jennifer DNP, RN, FNP-BC


Clostridium difficile, also called "C. diff," is a gram-positive bacillus associated with nosocomial infections involving diarrhea, most often seen in developing countries. The severity of C. diff-associated diarrhea varies tremendously from mild and self-limiting to fulminant and life-threatening. C. diff has become an extremely important pathogen in community health but can be minimized with attention to proper hygiene. This article presents a case study regarding the treatment and management options of C. diff infection using a recent update of clinical guidelines for patient management.