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C. Difficile Outbreak

March 31, 2011 – The Ottawa Hospital is currently experiencing a C. difficile outbreak in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Civic Campus.

The Ottawa Hospital has established a number of procedures to control and manage the C. difficile outbreak. As described in the best practice standards for managing C. difficile, we are:

  • Notifying public Health and involving all necessary services in the hospital to assist in outbreak management.
  • Placing individuals identified or suspected to have C. difficile on contact precautions (which means gowns and gloves are used when we go into their space), and ensuring that appropriate treatment is being given.
  • Reminding all staff of the importance of hand washing.
  • Enhancing cleaning of the outbreak unit.
  • Ensuring that visitors are instructed in hand washing and other control measures.  Information can be obtained from the hospital staff.
  • Providing education where needed so that all members of our team are up-to-date with current management strategies.