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This award-winning blog supplements the articles in Hospital Infection Control & Prevention.

And the award for the top HAI on the patient misery index goes to... C. Diff! Again!

If there is a healthcare associated infection (HAI) higher on the patient misery index than Clostridium difficile please submit a nomination, but we give the default award to this nasty opportunist that can go from benign gut dweller to explosive diarrhea, colitis and a life-threatening cascade beyond.

Increasing C. Diff infections are being driven in large part by the highly virulent strain dubbed North American Pulse Field type 1 (NAP1), which orginally struck adult patients and now is moving into pediatric populations.

Knowlege is power, so make a patient happy and tune in for an upcoming educational progam: Clostridium difficile Colitis: Prevention and Management on Thursday, March 22 from 12:00 - 1:30pm. In this 90-minute streaming webinar, Infection Prevention Consultant Leah Frederick MS, RN, CIC, will give you practical tips to protect your patients. The experienced IP will discuss the characteristics and transmission of CDI, monitoring these infections, and recommended practices for prevention and control. Learning Objectives: • Discuss 2 features of the microorganism C. diff which make transmission difficult to control in the healthcare setting • List the elements of a program to recognize and prevent CDI and transmission in the healthcare setting • Discuss the importance of hand hygiene and environmental cleaning in prevention of transmission of C. diff • Describe resources for controlling CDI in the healthcare setting Credits: 1.5 CNE Credits Course Level: All Levels Registration: Only $299 to attend Priority Code: 10T12407/EM02235 Meet Your Expert Leah Frederick has successfully developed Infection Prevention and Control Programs for new hospitals, and led organizations in improving existing programs. She specializes in leading organizations to decrease and prevent healthcare-acquired infections and providing the most up-to-date information on regulatory compliance.

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