Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is an important cause of infectious disease death in the United States. C. difficile was estimated to cause almost half a million infections in the United States in 2011. Approximately 83,000 of the patients who developed C. difficile experienced at least one recurrence and 29,000 died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis. This webinar will discuss targeting and implementing CDI prevention strategies in the acute care setting.
Infection preventionists, quality improvement staff, nurses, physicians, other HAI project team members
- Review the key prevention measures for CDI
- Understand the lasting impact of antibiotics on the microbiome
- Discuss targeting and implementation strategies for CDI prevention
Carolyn Gould, MD, MSCR, is a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Gould received her undergraduate degree at Harvard and her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. After joining the faculty at Emory University in 2003, she served as Associate Hospital Epidemiologist and Co-Director of the Antimicrobial Management Program at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Research in 2005 from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Gould joined the CDC and the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service in December 2006. She currently serves as Team Lead for the Acute Care Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. Her primary roles involve responding to and preventing healthcare-associated infections, with a special expertise in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and C. difficile infections.
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