Clostridium Difficile Prevention Collaborative Wrap-Up

VHQC and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH’s) Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI) team recently completed a year-long collaborative project addressing Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection surveillance and prevention in Virginia hospitals and long term care facilities.  The collaborative’s mission was to increase prevention efforts and minimize death, disability, and healthcare-associated costs resulting from C. difficile infections. The implementation of standardized surveillance practices and evidence-based prevention strategies were the focus of a series of webinars exploring these objectives.

Twenty-two hospitals and 16 nursing homes throughout the state participated in the project.  Combined, acute care participants experienced a 28% decrease in the C. difficile healthcare-onset laboratory-identified incidence rate between the baseline period (December 2012 - February 2013) and July 2013. Over the same time period, long term care participants reported a 41% decrease in their aggregate C. difficile laboratory-identified incidence rate.  Information designed for patients, residents, and family members was developed and distributed to assist in answering questions and providing education on this serious infection.

Webinar recordings and a toolkit of resources for the acute care and longterm care settings can be viewed by visiting the VHQC online community at The VHQC Resource Center. The VDH’s website has general information on C difficile.