C-Diff question?


HI ....I am a first semester intro nursing student and we started clinicals last week on the Oncology floor at our local hospital...I am a little concerned about my contact with a pt today and hoping you all could ease my mind...I had a pt who was in contact isolation because of C-Diff...First of all it seems wierd to me that they would assign me a contact isolation patient being that this is my 2nd week at the hospital....I haven't even taken Micro yet!! I did gown and glove up everytime I went in the room and didn't take anything of mine inside with me I washed my hands all day too..I am concerned though because I have 3 small children under the age of 5.... am not sure how contagious it is...any insight would be helpful...


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If it makes you feel any better, I have a three year old and I had at least two or three patients with C-diff when I did med/surg clinical, and my dd didn't get it. I think if you were careful to follow precautions and washed your hands, you should be good to go. I have a pair of shoes that never sees the inside of my house. I keep them in a plastic bag in the car and put them on for clinicals. It made me feel better about being at the hospital.


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Probably should get used to it too. Unfortunately, C Diff and MRSA is becoming almost the norm. :madface: :uhoh3: Sad too....If everyone would just continue using universal precautions as initially taught, the majority of it could be halted.

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