Menu
Home
Log in / Register
 
Home arrow Health arrow Best practices for environmental health : environmental pollution, protection, quality and sustainability
Source

Clostridium difficile

C. difficile most frequently causes healthcare-associated diarrhea today. Although most patients do not have symptoms but have organisms in their stools, it can become a problem with individuals who have had substantial antibiotic therapy, those having gastrointestinal procedures and surgery, and older people. Frequent touch surfaces as well as patient care items may also become contaminated. The most frequent routes of contamination are the hands of patient care employees and patients, and environmental surfaces. Carpeted rooms become heavily contaminated with the organism, while non-carpeted rooms are less contaminated. C. difficile produces spores and non-chlorine-based cleaning agents contribute to the problem.

The greater the number of patients present in any given environment where these organisms are found, the greater the opportunity for contamination of the various surfaces, especially the frequent touch ones.

Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of C. difficile

  • • Meticulously clean all frequent contact surfaces and other surfaces, and then disinfect with chlorine compounds following specific instructions for use in this type of situation.
  • • Use a dilute solution of hypochlorite at 1600 ppm available chlorine for a thorough disinfection of rooms with patients who have C. difficile-associated diarrhea. This will kill the spores.
  • • Utilize standard isolation techniques for enteric infections including a single room, and disposable gowns and gloves.
 
Source
Found a mistake? Please highlight the word and press Shift + Enter  
< Prev   CONTENTS   Next >
 
Subjects
Accounting
Business & Finance
Communication
Computer Science
Economics
Education
Engineering
Environment
Geography
Health
History
Language & Literature
Law
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Political science
Philosophy
Psychology
Religion
Sociology
Travel