Managing Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalised patients
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Managing Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalised patients

Andrea Denton Infection Prevention and control nurse, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, West Yorkshire
Annie Topping Assistant executive director of nursing, Hamad Medical Corporation, Dohar, Qatar, University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Paul Humphreys Reader in applied microbiology, University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Checklists are not a new phenomenon and have been used in the aviation industry for some time as a means of ensuring safety and minimising harm. Checklists are now used commonly in health care to improve patient safety. This article describes the development and integration of a daily review checklist process to support the care and management of patients with Clostridium difficile infection in one NHS trust hospital. The aim of the checklist is to assist staff in early recognition of disease severity, identification of potential complications and prevention of cross-transmission of C.difficile.

Nursing Standard. 28, 33,37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.04.28.33.37.e8461

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 23 October 2013

Accepted: 10 January 2014