Hospitals are facing many challenges with a number of infections impacting patients, staff and their finances. Clostridium difficile (CDI) caused nearly 500,000 infections and 29,000 deaths in 2011. WSHA has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help hospitals target contributing factors and implement corrective actions to eliminate CDI.
In addition to the toolkit and safety action bundle, WSHA has also planned several Safe Tables that focus specifically on CDI and those contributing factors. WSHA also provides resources such as site visits, root cause analysis support and action plan development.
The estimated excess expense related to CDI infections is upwards of $4.8 billion a year. There are many contributing factors, such as overuse of antibiotics, lack of appropriate hand hygiene, improper cleaning agents and techniques, and inappropriate lab testing practices.