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Clostridioides difficile prevention in health care settings and future improvement

Schmalstieg, Victoria (2019) Clostridioides difficile prevention in health care settings and future improvement. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Clostridium Difficile (CDI) is the leading nosocomial infection in healthcare facilities and continues to be a problem. Yet there are varying ways in which to prevent an infection in these facilities that could in fact be improved. This paper focuses on CDI prevention which includes environmental cleaning and hand hygiene (HH) as well as the antibiotic stewardship. This paper proposes to make suggestions to improve HH compliance by implementing more strict instructions for personnel as well as patients. Environmental cleaning could be improved if all facilities used sporicidal agents as well as more detailed cleaning on surfaces such as floors and toilets. The final suggestion is to stop the early use of antibiotics before a diagnosis is complete and proven to prevent early onset of a CDI. The addition of guidelines for Antibiotic Stewardship to educate both the healthcare workers and the patients is a huge step to prevent future infections. The prevention of this infection will increase patient safety and satisfaction as well as decrease hospital expenses. The implementation of these techniques could decrease the onset of infection which would improve patient’s safety and health while they are in healthcare facilities. This subject is of Public Health concern and importance because it is an ongoing issue in healthcare facilities and prevention could solve many issues to come.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schmalstieg, Victoriavls29@pitt.eduvls29
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMartinson, Jeremyjmartins@pitt.edujmartins@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberYassin, Mohamedyassinm@upmc.eduyassinm@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIED
Date: 9 August 2019
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 31
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2019 00:22
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2019 00:22

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