Clostridium Difficile (C.difficile) Infection Reporting and Reduction

Working to improve the quality of care delivery to nursing home residents.

Preventing clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and improving antibiotic prescribing could enhance the quality of care and life for residents in New York State (NYS) nursing homes and conceivably save lives from drug-resistant infections. Studies have shown that long term care (LTC) residents are at higher risk of acquiring C. difficile infection from referring hospitals and transitions of care. Hence, it is reasonable to assume that CDI manifestation in a LTCF is correlated with the CDI in hospitals where most residents receive care. According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 100,000 Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) develop among residents of U.S. nursing homes each year; 1 out of every three infections occurs in residents 65 years or older; and more than 80% of deaths associated with CDI occur among Americans aged 65 or older. As such, the significance of addressing CDI reporting and reduction has come to the forefront of the nursing home industry.

CDI Learning Series

Change Bundle: Prevention of C Difficile Infections (CDI) in Nursing Homes

For additional CDI information, prevention strategies, and resources click here

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Pauline Kinney, RN, MA, LNHA, RAC-CT
Senior Director, Health Care Quality Improvement
Tel: (516) 209-5402
Fax: (516) 326-0434
Pauline.Kinney@area-I.hcqis.org

Maureen Valvo, RN, BSN, RAC-CT
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Tel: (516) 209-5308
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David L. Johnson, NHA, RAC-CT
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Tel: (518) 320-3516
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Dan Yuricic, MA
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Tel: (516) 209-5458
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