Cdiff disease

  1. Please read and bare with me.
    Hi I'm a caregiver perusing a career in the nursing field as well. I had my fist day of training in the assisted living where I well be working at 3 days of the week 12 hr shifts. As I started working there I come to find out 2 residents have a disease called CDIff which stands for
    clostridium difficile colitis, pseudomembranous colitis. I have done numerous research and have learned about the disease to protect myself and my family as i have 3 small children. This diseases is contagious if the right precautions are not done right which is to wear gloves and gown when caring for the patient. But from my understanding this residents are not isolated away in their rooms and instead are at the table with 8 other residents and staff. I don't know how to bring this up to the owners of this care home. Please give me advice
    I'm planning to wear gloves at all times to protect my self as soap doesn't kill this spores.
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  3. by   XB9S
    Clostridium Difficile is an bacteria found in peoples bowels, it can be found in healthy individuals where is causes no symptoms. It causes problems when normal gut bacteria is compromised for example after taking antibiotic.

    firstly I would ask if your residents are symptomatic, so are they having active diarrhoea? If not then they are likely to be GDH positive (GDH is the abbreviation for Glutamate dehydrogenase, which is a chemical found in C.diff. 2. whether it is causing you an infection. ... If the chemical is found, the result is termed 'GDH positive' which means C.diff is present in the bowel.) But toxin negative which means the bacteria are not active so no infection.

    As far as how you protect yourself, hand washing between each clinical interaction is the key.
    Last edit by XB9S on May 3 : Reason: Grammar
  4. by   cardiacfreak
    Yes, definitely hand washing, alcohol based gel hand sanitizers are not effective.
  5. by   hppygr8ful
    Cdiff is really a pretty little bug those long filaments act like feet with velcrow that it uses to crawl around.
    cdiff-jpg


    Hppy
    Last edit by hppygr8ful on May 8
  6. by   hppygr8ful
    Or you can buy the stuffed toy.

    cdiff1-jpg

    hppy
  7. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from hppygr8ful
    Or you can buy the stuffed toy.

    cdiff1-jpg

    hppy
    Frowning C. Diff disapproves of your glove and gown choices....
  8. by   Here.I.Stand
    Please give me advice I'm planning to wear gloves at all times to protect my self as soap doesn't kill this spores.
    Alcohol-based sanitizers (foam/gel) don't kill the spores; handwashing under running water removes them from our hands after removing gloves. "Flush 'em down the sink" is how our infection control RN puts it.

    We typically put a glove over the end of the foam dispensers (I work in a hospital with a can of foam outside each door) to remind people "don't use this -- you have to wash the old-fashioned way."
  9. by   needlesmcgeeRN
    Why do you feel it is your responsibility to bring this up to the owners of the facility? I am sure the medical professionals, i.e. the nurses are aware these residents have c. diff. and what precautions need to be taken.

    Your responsibility is to take appropriate precautions as you complete your tasks.

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