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Comprehensive Hospital Program Significantly Reduces Clostridium difficile Infections 7/30/2014
Faced with an increase in the number of patients with Clostridium difficile infections, Florida Hospital Tampa implemented a comprehensive program to reduce environmental transmission of the bacterium, leading to a significant reduction in infections.
Policy State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections 7/2/2014
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
Performance Feedback, Ultraviolet Cleaning Device, and Dedicated Housekeeping Team Significantly Improve Room Cleaning, Reduce Potential for Spread of Common, Dangerous Infection 1/15/2014
A multifaceted program featuring education and feedback, ultraviolet room disinfection devices, and a dedicated housekeeping team significantly improved the thoroughness of room cleanings and reduced the percentage of rooms housing patients with Clostridium difficile infections that tested positive for the pathogen at patient discharge.
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Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship 10/9/2013
The aim of this toolkit is to assist hospital staff and leadership in developing an effective antimicrobial stewardship program with the potential to reduce Clostridium difficile infection.
A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Health Care‚ÄďAssociated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals 3/14/2012
The Compendium is a set of strategies designed for acute care hospitals to prevent six of the most common health care–associated infections.
Health Care–Associated Infections: Prevention Toolkits 10/12/2011
These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting.
Infection Control: Learning Through Action to Reduce Infection 2/16/2011
This is a quick, simple action tool to use when a patient has a confirmed infection such as a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium, Clostridium difficile (C. diff), or other life-threatening infections.
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Last updated: August 13, 2014.