State Health Departments
C. difficile infections are usually a regional problem since patients transfer back and forth between facilities, such as from nursing homes to a hospital, which allows the disease to spread. Health departments have the ability and authority to work with many types of healthcare facilities, and therefore have a unique opportunity to coordinate comprehensive prevention programs in their state or area.
See Prevention Tools on the Facilities/Settings page.
State Success Stories
- Illinois Hospitals Collaborate to Reduce Clostridium difficile infections [PDF - 552 KB]
- Preventing C. difficile in Massachusetts Hospitals with a Mixed-Methods Learning Collaborative [PDF - 557 KB]
- New York Hospitals Team Up to Reduce Clostridium difficile Infections [PDF - 760 KB]
- Collaboration Primer: Establishing HAI Prevention Collaboratives
- available in customizable format Collaboration Primer [PPT - 920 KB].
Guidelines and Recommendations
See Guidelines and Recommendations on the Clinicians page.
States and Communities Can:
- Encourage health care facilities to track and share data using CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network.
- Develop regional C. difficile prevention projects with many types of facilities.
- Help health care facilities in their prevention efforts.
- Provide a standardized form [PDF - 132 KB] for facilities to use during patient transfers, especially between hospitals and nursing homes.