Supporting Care Homes to Cut C Difficile Reinfections

Nurs Times. 2013 Feb 5-11;109(5):14-5.

Abstract

After putting in place measures to reduce C difficile in hospital, our trust found that patients in the community were experiencing recurrences of infection, which can lead to readmission. We launched a project in which care homes receive a free or part-funded deep clean of residents' rooms, and skilled nurses offer support to care home staff. This has led to a reduction in recurrences of C difficile. This initiative won the Infection Prevention and Control category of the 2012 Nursing Times Awards.

MeSH terms

  • Clostridium Infections / microbiology
  • Clostridium Infections / prevention & control*
  • Clostridium difficile / pathogenicity*
  • Health Facilities*
  • Humans
  • Recurrence
  • United Kingdom