Clostridium difficile: Best Practices in Prevention and Control

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a serious and virulent strain of bacteria whose prevalence in hospitals and long-term care facilities presents significant environmental and clinical challenges, demanding vigilance, and a collaborative approach for prevention. C. difficile infection (CDI) has become one of the leading healthcare acquired infections, with infection rates rivaling or even surpassing those of other “super-bugs” such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

This webinar will introduce you to the changing epidemiology of Clostridium difficile and information as to why it represents such a challenge in the healthcare environment. The introduction is followed by an exploratory discussion focused on C. difficile trends, patterns and prevalence. Next, we closely examine best practices and effective strategies for prevention and control. We conclude the program by reviewing a recent, real-world C. difficile case study and evaluating it using standardized practice guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and classify C. difficile and explore the factors contributing to its prevalence and resistance.
  2. Review and evaluate a recent case study in which best practices and strategies were researched, identified and implemented, effectively driving down CDI rates within the facility.

About the Speaker:

Ruth M. Carrico Ph.D., R.N., FSHEA, CIC is an Assistant Professor with the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Dr. Carrico has received training specific for healthcare epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

Dr. Carrico has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts. She has also served as the editor for the 2005 and 2009 editions of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, the primary textbook for infection preventionists in the United States, Canada, and Asia. She currently serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), and Critical Care Medicine journals. In addition, Dr. Carrico has served on the APIC National Board of Directors.

As part of her work as an infection preventionist, Dr. Carrico works with acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, and physician and dental offices.

In 2008, Dr. Carrico was appointed to the National Biosurveillance Subcommittee (NBS) Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2010 she became a SHEA Fellow. Dr. Carrico currently receives funding from The National Institute of Hometown Security, managed for the Department of Homeland Security, regarding pandemic influenza preparedness and protection of the healthcare worker.


This webinar was held on:

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Time: 12:00 PM EST, 11:00 AM CST (1 hr 15 min)

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