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Clostridium difficile Infection Case Scenarios

The Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) case scenarios were developed to address frequently asked questions about CDI cases and outbreaks in hospitals. These scenarios are intended for infection control professionals and health care providers who identify and manage CDI cases and outbreaks in Ontario hospitals. Each scenario provides an opportunity for learners to enhance their understanding of CDI surveillance and outbreak management and apply knowledge to complex CDI situations in daily practice. If you have any questions about the surveillance and management of CDI cases and outbreaks, contact your Regional IPAC Office for more information or email ipac@oahpp.ca.

Scenarios

Case DefinitionCase definition

This case scenario guides learners to accurately define a CDI. Following this scenario, learners should be able to:

  • apply the case definition for CDI
  • correctly classify CDI cases
  • identify appropriate follow-up actions

Case AttributionCase attribution

This case scenario guides learners on how to attribute a CDI case based on symptomatic presentation and clinical history examples. Following this scenario, learners should be able to:

  • attribute cases of CDI correctly
  • report the cases according to provincial requirements

Monitoring Surveillance DataMonitoring surveillance data

This case scenario guides learners on the appropriate steps to take following the identification of an increase in CDI cases attributed to a hospital. Following this scenario, learners should be able to:

  • Determine if the notification threshold has been reached
  • Identify appropriate follow-up actions

Declairing an outbreakDeclaring an outbreak

This case scenario guides learners on managing a CDI outbreak in a hospital. Following this scenario, learners should be able to:

  • Determine potential hypotheses or theories for transmission of C. difficile
  • Identify initial steps to manage a CDI outbreak

Declaring an outbreak overDeclaring an outbreak over

This case scenario guides learners on the steps to take before declaring a CDI outbreak over. Following this scenario, learners should be able to:

  • Use established criteria to evaluate the situation for the purpose of declaring a CDI outbreak over
  • Perform a risk analysis before considering declaring the outbreak over

Course details

Audience 

These scenarios are intended for infection control professionals and health care providers who identify and manage CDI cases and outbreaks in Ontario hospitals.

Duration and technical notes

Each scenario takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete; depending on an individual's learning pace. It does not require log-in and will not generate a certificate of completion.


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Disclaimer

This educational module was developed by Public Health Ontario (PHO). PHO provides scientific and technical advice to Ontario’s government, public health organizations and health care providers. PHO’s work is guided by the current best available evidence. PHO assumes no responsibility for the results of the use of this educational module by anyone. This educational module may be reproduced without permission for non-commercial purposes only and provided that appropriate credit is given to Public Health Ontario. No changes and/or modifications may be made to this educational module without explicit written permission from Public Health Ontario.​

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