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Algorithms for Prevention and Management of Clostridium difficile Infections in Long-term Care Facilities
These Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) prevention and management algorithms for LTC from the Minnesota Department of Health address CDI early recognition and testing, contact precautions, room placement, identifying lower risk roommates, environmental cleaning and disinfection and social and activity precautions.
The Bristol Stool Form Scale is a visual guide to help providers and staff determine when a stool specimen may be appropriate for CDI testing.
This final rule published in the Federal Register in October 2016 details the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs offered through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS).
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network provides long-term care facilities with a customized system to track infections in a streamlined and systematic way.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide and Toolkits
The Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides toolkits to help nursing homes optimize their use of antibiotics.
National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign (NNHQIC): Clostridium difficile and Antibiotic Stewardship Checklists
These checklists from the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign (NNHQIC) help nursing homes identify Clostridium difficile (CDI) and limit infection spread through appropriate precautions, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection and antibiotic stewardship: Antibiotic Stewardship Assessment Checklist Cleaning/Disinfection Assessment Checklist Early Identification/Containment Assessment Checklist Hand Hygiene Assessment Checklist
These long-term care resources for Clostridium difficile (CDI) prevention and antibiotic stewardship are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Basic Infection Prevention and Control Library This library offers resources on disinfection and sterilization, environmental infection control, hand hygiene and isolation precautions. The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes These …
With use and overprescribing of antibiotics, there are certain bacterial infections that increase, including C. difficile. This session of the long-term care webinar series will discuss strategies to prevent and track incidence and prevalence of C. difficile infection in nursing homes.
The National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign provides access to resources from four national initiatives to support Clostridium difficile prevention and antibiotic stewardship for long-term care.
With antibiotic use and overprescribing, there are certain bacterial infections that increase, including Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). Learn more about the etiology, transmission, risk, signs, symptoms and treatment of C. difficile infection in nursing homes in Part 1 of this clinical overview.