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New Developments in C. difficile Infection (1 hour Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for:  Practicing and resident physicians and nurses of all specialties. Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate

Description: Clostridium difficile is now the top cause of healthcare acquired infections in the US. There are new developments in the fight against this epidemic: new practice guidelines, new antibiotics, and new tools. Regional multidisciplinary collaboratives and antibiotic stewardship strategies have had some successes in reducing the incidence of C. difficile. Clinicians can benefit from this overview of evidence-based guidelines, new tools, and prescribing alternatives for their patients.

Original Release Date: November 14, 2016
Review Date: May 14, 2019
Expiration Date: November 14, 2019

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1) Describe the relationship of C. difficile infection to antibiotic prescribing.
2) Access and define the current recommendations of the CDC, the IDSA, or your professional
    society on preventing C. difficile.
3) Participate in a multidisciplinary collaborative to reduce C. difficile in your institution or region,
    or bring the concept to your institution.
4) Explain several antibiotic stewardship strategies for C. difficile.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 8 out of 10 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. 

CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:

Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

CME Disclosure Policy: LAMMICO requires planners, speakers, faculty and all those who influence the content of a CME activity to disclose any financial relationships they have with commercial interests that are relevant to the CME activity. The disclosures shall be reviewed for any conflict of interest and subject to a mechanism for resolution of conflict of interest. A disclosure statement of relevant financial relationships will be made to the audience prior to the activity.

Disclosure: The author, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Author: Ruth Ryan, RN, BSN, MSW - Read Bio

Editor: Karen Davis, MA, CPHRM - Read Bio

Medical Expert Reviewers: Michael K. Hill, MD - Read Bio and Karl N. Hanson, MD, FAAFP - Read Bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management  

Editor and Lead Nurse Planner: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2016

Bibliography: To view and download References & Resources for this presentation, please select the References tab/link below.

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