Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a bacterium found in feces. C. diff causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis. Symptoms of C. Diff infection include:
To prevent the spread of C. diff in hospitals, healthcare professionals should:
To ensure safe patient contact and communication about preventing infections during patient transfers, think about using this suggested Interfacility Infection Control Transfer Form.
DHHS' reportable disease regulations require reporting all C. diff positive results to public health. There are several tests available for C. diff. However, scientists are still trying to find the most efficient and accurate method.
For more information on C. diff testing, review the following article by Crobach et. al. originally published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection in 2016: Update of the diagnostic guidance document for Clostridium difficile infection.