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Nurs Times. 2013 Feb 5-11;109(5):14-5.

Supporting care homes to cut C difficile reinfections.

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  • 1North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust.


After putting in place measures to reduce C difficile in hospital, our trust found that patients in the community were experiencing recurrences of infection, which can lead to readmission. We launched a project in which care homes receive a free or part-funded deep clean of residents' rooms, and skilled nurses offer support to care home staff. This has led to a reduction in recurrences of C difficile. This initiative won the Infection Prevention and Control category of the 2012 Nursing Times Awards.

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