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Health Care Facility Administrators Can:

  • Support better testing practices, tracking, and reporting of infections and prevention efforts.
  • Ensure policies for rapid detection and isolation of patients with C. difficile are in place and followed.
  • Assess hospital cleaning to be sure it is performed thoroughly, and augment this as needed using an Environmental Protection Agency-approved, spore-killing disinfectant in rooms where C. difficile patients are treated.
  • Notify other healthcare facilities about infectious diseases when patients transfer, especially between hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Participate in a regional C. difficile prevention effort.

Vital Signs

Tools for Improving Antibiotic Use

CDC’s Get Smart for Healthcare campaign is focused on improving prescribing practices in inpatient healthcare facilities.

Tools for Long-Term Care Facilities