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Preventing Clostridium Difficile Infections In Acute Care Hospitals

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Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) is a serious gastrointestinal condition which is becoming an increasing burden to the US healthcare system. Research suggests that many facilities do not adhere to optimal infection control practices or surveillance of CDI. Failure to accurately identify and manage outbreaks of CDI can lead to more widespread infection, associated costs and mortality.

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In order to assist acute care hospitals in implementing and prioritizing their CDI prevention efforts, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have recently set forth practice recommendations. It is critical that physicians and nurses be aware of and implement these recommendations in their acute care settings.

In this complimentary continuing education audio activity, Erik R. Dubberke, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and Medical Director in Infection Control at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, is interviewed about these recommendations. This audio activity is jointly sponsored by Robert Michael Educational Institute LLC (RMEI) and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and is supported by an educational grant from ViroPharma Incorporated.

"Robert Michael Educational Institute LLC recognizes that continuing education plays a crucial role in the provision of quality health care and is dedicated to offering professionals meaningful opportunities for lifelong learning," says President and CEO, Robert M. Colleluori.