HomeLatest NewsQuality NewsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention Observes C.Diff Awareness Month

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Observes C.Diff Awareness Month

Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) is a germ that causes diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. It is estimated to impact almost half a million people in the United States each year, and an estimated 29,300 deaths.

Together with our partners, CDC is working year-round to protect patients and reduce C. diff infections. This C. diff Awareness Month, we encourage you to check out what CDC is doing to raise awareness about the importance of protecting yourself and your family and stopping the spread of this deadly infection.

Information for Healthcare Professionals about C. diffInappropriate antibiotic prescribing puts patients at risk for C. diff infections (CDI). More than half of all hospitalized patients might get an antibiotic at some point during their hospital stay, but studies have shown that 30 to 50% of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are unnecessary or incorrect.

Prescribe and use antibiotics carefully. You can inquire about your patient’s past history of C. diff infection before prescribing.

Other important interventions include:

  • assessing patients for CDI risk factors
  • timely testing of patients with compatible signs and symptoms
  • using contact isolation precautions, including wearing gloves and a gown for patients with unexplained diarrhea
  • following hand hygiene practices, including before seeing a patient and after removal of gloves
  • daily and terminal cleaning of patient room
For more information and resources, visit the CDC website.

Stay Connected

Unified Voice Newsletter

Events This Month


26sep11:00 am12:00 pmFall Prevention: Keeping our older patients Standing StrongSDAHO Webinar

26sep12:00 pm1:00 pmApprenticeships: Build Your Team and Strengthen the Aging Services Workforce

27sep12:00 pm1:00 pmAchieving Sustained Reduction in Blood Culture ContaminationAHA Webinar

27sepAll Day28SD Rural Health Equity SummitWest River AHEC

28sep12:00 pm1:30 pmGrievance and Complaints: Ensuring Hospitals Compliance with the CMS COPs, Joint Commission, DNV Standards and OCRSDAHO Webinar

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact