CDC Observes C. diff Awareness Month (advice on preventing its spread, fact sheets, 2018 Progress Report)

Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

The CDC has identified November as C. difficile Awareness month. They have provided resources and advice below to prevent the spread of this disease, facts sheets on the topic and the 2018 progress report for your review.

Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) is estimated to cause almost half a million illnesses in the United States each year. C. diff is a germ that causes diarrhea and colitis (an inflammation of the colon) and can be life threatening. Most cases of C. diff occur when you’ve been taking antibiotics, and about 1 in 5 patients who get C. diff will get it again.

Together with our partners, CDC is working year-round to reduce C. diff infections and protect patients. This C. diff Awareness Month, we encourage you to check out and share our C. diff resources to raise awareness about the importance of stopping the spread of this deadly bacteria:

  1. Get practical advice on how to prevent the spread of C. diff in the hospital and at home.
  2. Find out who is at risk for C. diff infection and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
  3. Print and share C. diff fact sheets for your patients.
  4. Read and share CDC’s 2018 National and State HAI Progress Report to find out how the nation is making progress in reducing hospital-onset C. diff infections in hospitals.
  5. Learn more about what CDC is doing to reduce C. diff infections.

Thank you for your commitment to preventing C. diff!

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
5178-462-4800 x20

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15