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Bon Secours St Francis Infection Prevention’s story: Clostridium difficile. The call The happy years The awakening Work to do. Michelle Bushey, RN, BS, BSN, CIC Director Infection Prevention and Patient Safety. The Call.

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Bon secours st francis infection prevention s story clostridium difficile

Bon Secours St Francis Infection Prevention’s story: Clostridium difficile

The call

The happy years

The awakening

Work to do

Michelle Bushey, RN, BS, BSN, CIC

Director Infection Prevention and Patient Safety


The call

The Call

  • “Clostridium difficile is on the rise, and if you are not seeing an increase in your hospital, your hospital needs to evaluate its testing methods.”

    • (Dr. B. Miller, 5th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections, March 2010)


The happy years

The happy years

  • At Bon Secours St Francis in Greenville, we had tracked C. difficile for many years.

  • formalized expanded enteric precautions and

  • improved compliance with hand hygiene and use of PPE, our C. difficile rate had decreased.

  • In FY 2010, SF initiated a formal antibiotic stewardship committee.

  • We evaluated risk factors: could we predict which patients would acquire C. difficile based on patient profile.


C d ifficile hai rate per 1000 pt days

C. difficileHAI Rate per 1000 pt days


The awakening

The awakening

  • PCR testing begins Oct 1, 2011

  • Immediately, 3x more identified

  • By year end, 41% increase in number (75 to 127)

  • By year end, rate per pt 1000 pt day had increased from 0.15 – 0.36 (58% increase!)


Work to do

Work to Do

  • Better identification

  • Better contact precautions

  • Better Environmental Cleaning

  • Better Communication


Better identification

Better identification

  • MD approved protocol for C. difficile testing for patients who admit via Emergency Department with ongoing diarrhea.


Better contact precautions

Better contact precautions

  • Any patient with diarrhea is placed on isolation and tested.

  • Laminated signs directing staff and family members to use soap and water were placed on alcohol dispensers in patient’s rooms if the patient was identified with C. difficile.


Better environmental cleaning

Better Environmental Cleaning

  • Purchased sodium hypochlorite (bleach) wipes. All RNs instructed to wipe patient equipment with bleach wipe if patient is identified with diarrhea.

  • Bleach wipe holders were placed in each patient’s room so HCWs would have the tools they need for cleaning.

  • Housekeeping now cleans all rooms after discharge with bleach and any patient on enteric contact precautions with bleach.

  • Removed patient privacy curtains from non ICU and ED rooms. Door knock signs were placed outside each patient’s door.

  • Collaboration with Environmental Services for ATP testing in inpatient rooms with immediate feedback to the appropriate housekeeper. Results are shared with Administration and with EVS staff.


Better communication

Better Communication

  • Each month Infection Prevention shares C. difficile infection specifics with the St Francis Clinical Transformation team.

  • Team members include the CMO, CNE, Administrative Directors of Acute Care and ICU Nursing, ED, Quality and Pharmacy.


Today wide awake and still working

Today – Wide awake and still working!

At 0.27 our rate is still almost double of what we believed to be true in 2010, but happily, we feel we are moving in the right direction.


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