Clostridioides difficile infection: antimicrobial guidance update

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14th December 2021 10:35



Clostridioides difficile (known also as C. difficile or C. diff) is bacteria that can infect the bowel and cause severe diarrhoea and colitis.

It most commonly affects people who have recently been treated with antibiotics and it can spread easily to others. C. difficile infection can range from mild symptoms to more severe infection of the intestines, and in some cases can become life threatening.  Confirmed C. difficile infection requires treatment with a course of antibiotics.

In July 2021, NICE released a guideline on the antimicrobial prescribing strategy for managing Clostridioides difficile infection in community and hospital settings. The aim is to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance. Join us on this webinar to understand more about this infection and how the new guidelines can support your roles in providing care to your patients.

Learning outcomes: 

After attending this event participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the symptoms of C. difficile
  • Identify those at risk of C. difficile
  • Explain how the guidelines relate to practice
  • Recognise how C. difficile infection can be prevented
  • Discuss the importance of raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance and appropriate use of antibiotics