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C. difficile Infections

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

C. difficile, C. diff, pseudomembranous colitis, Clostridium Difficile , colitis, C. difficile colitis, C. difficile infection, inflammatory bowel disease, nosocomial infection. c diff

Overview *

C. difficile is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhea and infection of the colon. This bacterium is more likely to infect patients at hospitals and other healthcare institutions and infect patients who are or have taken antibiotics recently.

While at the hospital, you should be extra careful to avoid getting infected. To protect yourself, wash your hands often and ask hospital staff if they have washed their hands before touching you.

To avoid spreading infection to themselves and others, healthcare staff should:
- Disinfect hospital surfaces with a bleach solution.
- Wash their hands with soap and water before and after treating each patient or touching surfaces that may be contaminated.
- Place patients with C. diff in a private room when possible.
- Wear disposable gown and gloves when treating people with C. diff infections.

If you develop diarrhea while at the hospital, tell your doctor or nurse immediately. When you are outside the hospital, you should see your doctor if your diarrhea and nausea last more than three days or if you have severe pain or cramping, blood or pus in your stool, or more than three bowel movements per day.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Background Info
C diff infections | Complications
Symptoms | Diagnosis
Treatment | Prevention
Conclusion

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program explains what a C. difficile infection is. It discusses its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It also gives tips about how to prevent a C. difficile infection from occurring in the first place.

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Last reviewed: 4/20/2009

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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