What Are the Alternatives to Contact Precautions for C. diff Patients?

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, and hospital epidemiologist, Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses some alternative approaches to contact precautions for patients with Clostridium difficile.

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, and hospital epidemiologist, Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses some alternative approaches to contact precautions for patients with Clostridium difficile.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“I think that an alternative to contact precautions for Clostridium difficile would be, first, be very aggressive with your hand washing, your disinfection of the environment, either with bleach or even using some of the new technologies, such as UVC technologies, or robots, or UVC light technologies. Instead of isolating everyone, for example, with active detection and isolation, minimizing the use of contact precautions just for people who are truly infected.”