Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship

Ø 1F Tool: Common Evidence-Based Infection Prevention Measures

Purpose: To understand and assess infection control measures in use at your facility and give suggestions for additional measures to be taken.

Source: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clostridium difficile Infection in Adults: 2010 Update by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Available at:

Instructions: Complete checklist and review procedures currently in place for infection prevention. Consider additional measures that may be needed and identify areas that need strengthening.

Infection Control and Prevention for C. difficile Infection: What Health Care Workers, Patients, and Visitors Can Do

Precaution In Use:
Corrective Measures To Be Taken
Use of immediate contact precautions for suspected cases of C. difficile ___ Yes
___ No
Hand hygiene protocol in place (soap and water preferred) before and after contact with C. difficile patients ___ Yes
___ No
Personal protective equipment readily available/used (gloves, gowns) ___ Yes
___ No
Policy for use of private rooms for C. difficile patients ___ Yes
___ No
Policy for cohorting patients if private room not available ___ Yes
___ No
Policy for dedicated commode for each patient ___ Yes
___ No

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Page last reviewed September 2012
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: Ø 1F Tool: Common Evidence-Based Infection Prevention Measures. Content last reviewed September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.