Governor Wolf Proclaims November as Clostridioides Difficile Awareness Month
November 08, 2019
Governor Wolf recently signed a proclamation declaring November as Clostridioides Difficile Infection (CDI) Awareness Month. Along with other state governors, Governor Wolf is raising awareness of a disease that is one of the most common causes of health care-associated infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that half a million CDI-related illnesses occur in the United States each year. About one in five patients who experience a CDI will contract the infection again. Risk factors for acquiring CDI include:
- Being over the age of 65
- Having recently been hospitalized
- Having a weakened immune system
- Having previously had CDI or known exposure to the bacteria
Symptoms include watery diarrhea, fever, stomach pain, loss of appetite, and nausea.
According to the CDC’s recent 2018 National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report, Pennsylvania has seen a 21 percent decrease in health care-acquired CDI since 2015.
Because having recently been hospitalized is a major risk factor for acquiring CDI, HAP has been working during the past four years with hospitals to help them prevent CDI. Hospitals participating in HAP’s CDI and antibiotic stewardship collaborative have reduced CDI by 33 percent while also achieving major improvements in antibiotic prescribing.
For more information about the successful strategies of this collaborative, contact HAP’s HAI project managers, Mary Catanzaro or Clare Edelmayer.