How to Protect Yourself From C.Diff

C. diff is a bacteria that causes fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and watery diarrhea. It’s spores can live outside the human body on hands and equipment for a very long time, so it can be spread from person to person if proper precautions are not taken. While it sometimes can affect healthy people, it is typically diagnosed in the elderly and people who are immunocompromised, especially those who are taking antibiotics. How do you prevent getting c. diff or giving it to other patients you are caring for? Here are 6 important ways:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water or use waterless antibacterial rub before and after every patient encounter

  2. Always wear a protective gown and gloves when caring for C. diff patients

  3. Take off your protective gown and gloves before exiting the infected patient’s room

  4. Encourage visitors to take the precautions highlighted above

  5. Only take antibiotics if they are prescribed to you and if they are absolutely necessary

  6. Clean equipment and surfaces that may come in contact with the infected patient with an approved cleaner.

C.diff is unpleasant, but it doesn’t have to be something you live in fear of contracting or spreading. By taking preventative measures and encouraging others to do the same, you can greatly decrease your risk of catching C. diff or spreading it to others.

life was so much simpler before I had heard of cdiff

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