If you’re a caregiver for someone dealing with a C-diff infection, you can play a major role in stopping the spread of this nasty bacterial infection.
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Whether you are a professional caregiver or simply someone who is caring for a family member showing C-diff signs and symptoms, you need to follow these simple instructions:
• Wash your hands with soap and water after providing toileting care, changing diapers, etc.
• If possible, wear gloves when caring for the C-diff patient
• Be aware of the list of antibiotics that make an individual more susceptible to C-diff: (generic names: clindamycin, cephalosporins, monobactams, carbapenems, and floroquinolones)
• If you see signs and symptoms in a loved one/client, be sure to contact primary care provider for follow-up and testing
• Dedicate a separate bathroom for the C-diff patient
• Regularly clean bathrooms and the patient’s living areas with bleach for the duration of illness
The C-diff bacteria are found in the feces. Caregivers or family members can become infected by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their mouth or mucous membranes. Any surface, device, or material––such as toilets or rectal thermometers–– that becomes contaminated with feces can become a reservoir for the C-diff spores. A thorough cleaning protocol can prevent the spread of C-diff infections to other family members. Clean bathrooms and the patient’s living areas with bleach on a regular schedule. Make sure everyone in the household regularly washes their hands with soap after using the restroom, bathing the patient, helping them to or from the bathroom or changing a diaper.