Clostridium difficile Infection
People getting medical care can catch serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). One type of HAI – caused by the germ C. difficile – was estimated to cause almost half a million infections in the United States in 2011, and 29,000 died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care. CDC provides guidelines and tools to the healthcare community to help prevent Clostridium difficile infections as well as provides resources to help the public safeguard their own health.
Clostridium difficile Infection Information for PatientsGeneral information for you and your family about Clostridium difficile, FAQs, resources for patients…
CliniciansFAQs, guidelines and recommendations, CDC expert commentaries…
Facilities/SettingsClostridium difficile infections tools, evaluating environmental cleaning tools…
State Health DepartmentsClostridium difficile baseline prevention practices assessment tool, collaboration primer, collaborative Q/A, policy tools…
Tracking Clostridium difficile InfectionCDC is working to better understand the true number of infections caused by these organisms in the US.
Prevent C. diff infection
C. diff Infographic
- Page last reviewed: February 25, 2015
- Page last updated: March 1, 2016
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