The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) as an urgent threat to people and healthcare systems. CDI leads to high healthcare utilizations and results in significantly reduced quality of life for patients. The increased burden of disease is seen across all healthcare settings, outside of the hospital, in the community, and in younger people. Individuals with CDI transition from hospitals to long-term care facilities to the community and management of these transitions can reduce the incidence of recurrence and rehospitalization. Although the incidence of C. diff is stable, recurrence is increasing significantly, with severe complications also a concern. The increased incidence and potential for life-threatening conditions require reducing initial exposure, supporting prescribed treatment, and preventing recurrence.
As a result of this presentation, the participant will:
- Explore the incidence and impact of C. diff infection.
- Define the recent changes to clinical management as recommended by industry guidelines.
- Demonstrate strategies to reduce recurrence, hospital admissions, and poor quality of life.
Rebecca Perez, MSN, RN, CCM
Rebecca is an experienced RN with a Master’s Degree in Nursing, is a Certified Case Manager, and a member of the Gamma Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She is the author of numerous professional articles, a co-author of CMSA’s Integrated Case Management: A Manual for Case Managers by Case Managers, developer of the Integrated Case Management Training Program, and Master Trainer. She recently joined Parthenon Management Group as the Senior Manager of Education and Strategic Partnerships.
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