Clostridium difficile Infections (CDI)
Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes an intestinal illness called Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). It is commonly acquired in hospitals. Clostridium difficile can cause severe illness resulting in death. Rigorous infection prevention and control practices are needed to prevent it from spreading within hospitals. Transmission occurs via contaminated surfaces or equipment and poor hand hygiene. CDI outbreaks occurring in hospitals are reportable in Ontario.
CDI Case Scenarios
Each scenario provides an opportunity for learners to enhance their understanding of CDI surveillance and outbreak management and apply knowledge to complex CDI situations in daily practice. This includes applying the case definition, correctly classifying cases, identifying follow up actions and reporting cases appropriately according to provincial requirements.