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SCHOOLS "Gut Decisions:
Controlling Clostridium Difficile Infections"

Date of Posting: April 26, 2013
Date of Expiration: April 25, 2015



Cassandra Salgado, MD MS
Medical Director of Infection Control, MUSC

This SCHOOLS presentation is a counterpart for its sister article in the latest edition of Progressnotes (Progressnotes Article) and will focus on making the right preventive, diagnostic and treatment choices to better control Clostridium difficile infections. At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

• Describe the increased disease severity and mortality associated with the more virulent NAP1 strain of C. difficile and list the pharmacological approaches that have been most effective in its control
• Identify the antibiotics typically associated with development of C. difficile infection (CDI) and use good antibiotic stewardship in helping prevent the spread of CDI
• Recognize the importance of the new polymerase chain reaction assay in identifying CDI early and implement appropriate infection control precautions promptly to minimize the spread of CDI
• Describe some of the new directions in the prevention of CDI, including fecal transplants and probiotics

Target Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists,and Physician Assistants.

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Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the ACCME Essentials and Standards, anyone involved in planning or presenting at this educational activity is required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the healthcare industry. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices are asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation. Any financial disclosures will be provided at the beginning of the presentation.

Credit Statement
The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement
The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Participants must achieve 80% on the post-test questions in order to receive a certificate of attendance. No partial credit will be given.

For additional information, contact Ragan DuBose-Morris, Director of Learning Services, for the South Carolina AHEC at duboser@musc.edu or 843-792-9429.


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