Clostridium Difficile infection in the United States: a national study assessing preventive practices used and perceptions of practice evidence.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Clostridium difficile infections are among the most serious health care–associated infections. In this study, most hospitals in the United States reported using C. difficile prevention measures, with the exception of antibiotic stewardship, which was in place at about half of hospitals surveyed. This finding underscores the need to focus on appropriate antibiotic use as part of patient safety efforts.