Clostridium difficile has passed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections to become the most prevalent hospital-acquired infection in hospitals and rates continue to increase. The purpose of this course is to raise awareness of the new virulence of this organism, review the most current views on detection and surveillance, and promote the most effective ways to control and prevent C. difficile infections. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Discuss the pathogenicity, prevalence, and mortality trends of Clostridium difficile and C. difficile diseases.
2. Identify populations at increased risk for C. difficile infection.
3. Describe ways C. difficile can be transmitted.
4. Cite methods of testing for C. difficile colonization and infection.
5. Apply C. difficile treatment options.
6. Evaluate the importance of preventive measures for C. difficile infection, including precautions, environmental cleaning, and antimicrobial stewardship.

This 5-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.