Clostridioides difficile, formerly known as Clostridium difficile, is an anaerobic, spore-forming bacillus that causes a serious bacterial infection in the colon. While healthcare-associated infections have declined in recent years, C. diff remains one of the most common healthcare associated infections in the United States. Learn more about C. diff infection (CDI) in this episode, including:

  • Pathophysiology of CDI
  • Who is most at risk for CDI
  • Complications of CDI
  • Signs and symptoms, and when to suspect your patient has C. diff
  • Important assessments for a patient with CDI
  • Tests utilized to diagnose a patient or evaluate complications
  • Key treatments for CDI, including an explanation of enhanced or “special” contact precautions
  • The main things to teach your patient and their visitors about CDI


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