|Abstract||This is a simple guide which explains what Clostridium difficile is and gives very brief background information on the epidemiology. The clinical picture is described and there is an explanation of who gets C. difficile, how it spreads, the causes, diagnosis and different typing to identify the more virulent strains. |
Prevention and control is outlined under the headings: -
· Prudent antibiotic prescribing
· Isolation of patients and good infection control nursing
· Enhanced environmental cleaning
The document is primarily aimed at professionals but would make a useful guide on which to base leaflets for patients and their relatives.