What are we measuring?
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile, commonly called C. diff) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. Anyone can get C. diff, but it is more common in healthcare facilities.
This chart measures the rate of C. diff infections at Norwalk Hospital.
How are we doing?
We compare the current quarter to the same quarter the previous year, and to the national benchmark. Lower numbers are better.
What are we doing to improve?
To prevent the spread of C. diff, care providers at Norwalk Hospital continue to follow strict infection-control guidelines. These include:
- Good handwashing by our staff and by visitors
- Disposable gowns and gloves that can be discarded after contact with someone who had C. diff
- Thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and equipment with a cleaner that kills C. diff bacteria
- Prescribing antibiotics only when necessary, since C. diff can develop from antibiotic use