Using the Waterlow tool to predict Clostridium difficile infection risk in hospital settings.

Date

2010-09-14

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ISSN

0954-7762

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Volume Title

Publisher

Emap

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Clostridium difficile is the most important cause of infectious healthcare acquired diarrhoea and is a public concern. Many acute and primary care trusts are working to further reduce rates of C.difficile and targets have been set. Global reduction strategies include prudent antibiotic prescribing and intensive cleaning programmes. While risk assessment tools for C. difficile exist, they are not easy to in hospital. This article introduces an inexpensive and easy to use assessment tool and outlines how nurses can apply a reduction strategy using it to identify patients who are at risk on admission and then target interventions to reduce this risk

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Keywords

Clostridium difficle, Risk assessment, Waterlow, Infection control

Citation

Tanner J., Khan D., Timmons S. (2010) Using the Waterlow tool to predict Clostridium difficile infection risk in hospital settings. Nursing Times 106 (36) pp. 20-22

Rights

Research Institute