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Clostridium difficile infections (CDI)

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes mild to severe diarrhea and intestinal conditions like inflammation of the colon. It is the most frequent cause of hospital acquired diarrhea.

Clostridium difficile spores persist for a long time in the environment. Transmission due to contaminated environmental sources and poor hand hygiene practices contribute to its spread within health care institutions. Public Health Ontario provides testing and a range of resources and services for the surveillance, prevention and control of Clostridium difficile infections.

 
Laboratory


Recommendations from the Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Laboratory Best Practices Working Group

TESTING INFORMATION

Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile - Culture and Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) Typing

LABSTRACTS

Clostridium difficile diagnostic testing (February 2015)

 

 
 

 

 


 

 

 

Resources


BEST PRACTICE DOCUMENTS

PIDAC: Annex C: Testing, Surveillance and Management of Clostridium difficile

PIDAC: Routine Practices and Additional Precautions

PIDAC: Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections

CHECKLISTS

Infection Prevention and Control Checklist for Long-Term Care Homes 

FACT SHEETS

Hand Hygiene for Health Care Settings

SIGNAGE

Putting on Personal Protective Equipment

Removing Personal Protective Equipment 

TOOLS

Chlorine Dilution Calculator

Risk Algorithm to Guide PPE Use



Related Links


ONTARIO MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
LONG-TERM CARE

Clostridium difficile

Ontario Public Health Standards Infectious Diseases Protocol, 2013

Appendix A-Disease-Specific Chapter, 2014

Appendix B - Case Definition, 2014 

Roles and Responsibilities of Hospitals and Public Health Units for Clostridium difficile Infection Reporting and Outbreak Management 

Patient Safety

PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA

Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Management in Acute Care Facilities

Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Management in Long-term Care Facilities

Canadian Nosocomial Infections Surveillance Program

HEALTH QUALITY ONTARIO

Patient Safety Reporting

ONTARIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Public Reporting Calendar 2016

Presentations
 

Update on Annex C: Testing, Surveillance and Management of Clostridium difficile

 
Online Learning
 

 Environmental Cleaning Toolkit

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Infection Prevention and Control

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