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New infection control guidelines for <I>Clostridium difficile</I> released

March 22, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA — A joint panel of experts from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recently released new guidelines for Clostridium difficile infections in adults, according to a press release.
The guidelines, which are currently available online and will be published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, update recommendations regarding the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, infection control and environmental management of the disease, the release stated.
Neil Fishman, president of SHEA, said: "As health care professionals and infectious disease experts, we are committed to developing recommendations based on the best available evidence and practices. Since our original guideline was published fifteen years ago, our understanding of the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile has changed and requires us to update the way we diagnose and treat this serious infection."
Among other things, the new guidelines provide recommendations for the most important infection control measures for a hospital or health care facility to implement during an outbreak of Clostridium difficile, the release noted.
Clostridium difficile recently surpassed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as the biggest viral threat to hospitals and other health care facilities, accounting for at least 480,000 infections and nearly 10,000 deaths annually, the release added.
For further information on the SHEA-IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clostridium difficile Infection in Adults, visit www.shea-online.org.
Click here to read the complete release.