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bedtime reading: Clostridium difficile infection: how to deal with the problem

Posted May 28 2009 12:22am
All healthcare staff should take personal responsibility for good infection control practice. Doctors and nurses should apply the following mnemonic protocol (site) when managing suspected potential infectious diarrhoea:

S Suspect that a case may be infective where there is no clear alternative cause for diarrhoea
I Isolate the patient and consult with the infection control team (ICT) while determining the
cause of the diarrhoea
G Gloves and aprons must be used for all contacts with the patient and their environment
H Hand washing with soap and water should be carried out before and after each contact with
the patient and patient’s environment
T Test the stool for toxin, by sending a specimen immediately

You can read the full guidance here. Does your renal unit have a designated link clinician working with your Trust’s anti microbial management team?
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