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Controlling C. difficile in Hospitals: It Takes a Team

Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA, stresses that a collaborative effort is needed to control C. difficile in hospitals.

Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA, chief quality officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, stresses that a collaborative effort is needed to control C. difficile in hospitals.

Interview Transcript (modified slightly for readability):

“For an infection like Clostridium difficile, it’s really multifactorial; it has to do with hand hygiene; it’s impacted by your environmental hygiene; it’s particularly impacted by the use of antibiotics in your hospital. I think that there needs to be a very tight relationship between the infection control program, the antibiotic stewardship program, your Environmental Services—all of these groups play a role in controlling a pathogen like C. diff.”