Are Nurse-Driven Clostridium difficile Protocols Effective?
MAY 12, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF
Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, and hospital epidemiologist, Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Virginia Commonwealth University, examines the importance of nurse-driven Clostridium difficile protocols.
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)
“Nurse-driven C. difficile protocols are really [an] unresolved issue in terms of whether we should or should not do them. We actually do them in my home institution.
The theory is that nurses, because they’re by the patients more than anyone else really, are the first to recognize a diarrheal syndrome. They should be given the latitude and freedom to order C. difficile tests within certain parameters to make an early diagnosis. By making an early diagnosis it leads to earlier treatment, earlier isolation, and potentially [could] decrease the risk of transmission to other patients.”
To stay informed on the latest in infectious disease news and developments, please sign upfor our weekly newsletter.
We break down our top HIV news stories of 2017. Did you read them all?
Contagion® is a fully integrated news resource covering all areas of infectious disease. Through our website, quarterly journal, email newsletters, social media outlets, and Outbreak Monitor we provide practitioners and specialists with disease-specific information designed to improve patient outcomes and assist with the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Our mission is to assure that the healthcare community and public have the knowledge to make more informed choices and have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
2 Clarke Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512