- Hand-washing. Health care workers, visitors, and patients all should practice good hand hygiene (aka hand-washing) before and after care, before and after entering the patient’s room, before and after eating, before exiting a restroom, before and after treatments, after changing diapers, before and after handling food, after visiting shopping centers and visiting the gym. In the event of a C. diff. outbreak, using soap and warm water is proven effective in hand washing as studies have proven alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not effective destroying C. diff. spores.
- Contact precautions. People who are hospitalized with C. diff. have a private room or share a room with someone who has the same illness. Hospital staff and visitors follow the infection control guidelines and wear disposable gloves and gowns while in the room, and removed before leaving the patient’s room.
- Environmental cleaning. All high-touch non-porous surfaces should be carefully disinfected with a product that contains chlorine bleach and/or a product that has been EPA registered and has the C. diff. kill. The Clostridium difficile spores can survive routine cleaning products that don’t contain bleach.
- * * * * * * Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics. This matter can not be stressed enough worldwide. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention have issued an updated report in March 2014 regarding the use of Antibiotics and providing Physicians pertinent information with the limiting usage of Antibiotics for viruses. The reports have found that sometimes Antibiotics are prescribed to treat viral illnesses that aren’t helped by these drugs, and can lead to Antibiotic resistance and super-bugs. When symptoms linger/worsen and do not improve – please contact the Physician to report. If an Antibiotic is needed to treat the symptoms, the Physician/Healthcare professional will assess the symptoms and prescribe as indicated.