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?