C. diff is a spore-forming, gram-positive anaerobic bacillus that is a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. According to the CDC, C. diff infection is estimated to cause almost half a million infections in the United States each year. Most cases of C. diff infection occur while an individual is taking antibiotics or not long after finishing an antibiotic.
Help protect yourself, your community and loved ones from C. diff infections through understanding, education and prevention.
- Who is at risk for C. diff infection and what symptoms to look for
- How you can prevent the spread of C. diff in the hospital and at home
CDC Resources: Download, Share and Order Materials
- C. diff guidance and prevention resources
- C. diff educational resources, including how to optimize antibiotic therapy to minimize the risk
- FREE print materials (search “C. diff” under “Programs”, then click “Apply”)
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about C. diff
- Christian Lillis’s blog about C.diff and the potential risks and harms of antibiotic overuse
Infection control plays a critical role in stopping the spread of C. diff in healthcare settings. It’s important that all healthcare personnel understand the infection control actions we can take to stop the spread of germs. Project Firstline provides innovative and accessible infection control resources so you can help keep your patients safe.
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C.difficile – What Everyone Needs to Know: What is C. diff, why is awareness of C. diff infections important and how can we prevent these infections to keep us safe? November is C. Diff Awareness Month; knowing the signs and symptoms is key to improved health and better outcomes. Take a few minutes to listen and learn more.