Antibiotic Stewardship

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

3008 - Uncovering the Stool Story: The Impact of Testing Guidance and Concurrent Review of Clostridium difficile Tests on the Incidence of Hospital Onset Infection

Friday, June 16
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, E 141-144

Prevention efforts to reduce the incidence of Clostridium difficile, one of the most common healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals, have been largely aimed at environmental transmission and antimicrobial stewardship. New research shows that overtesting for C. difficile is a major concern and appropriate testing of patients with clinically significant diarrhea is necessary for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. This session examines the C. difficile testing culture at a number of facilities within a large multisite healthcare system through concurrent review of C. difficile tests pending collection. The “stool story” of a patient becomes clear and the infection preventionist effectively intervenes before an inappropriate stool specimen is collected.

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Rachel Watson

Infection Prevention Coordinator
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Rachel Watson is an infection prevention coordinator for Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. A native of West Virginia, Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and her MPH degree (health policy and management track) from West Virginia University. She has previously held infection prevention positions at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Irving, in Texas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. Prior to a career in infection prevention, Rachel worked with viruses in an American Red Cross infectious disease lab and spent several years in the political publishing industry. Rachel is certified in infection control and holds a yellow belt in Lean Six Sigma.

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Tonya Wagner

Senior Clinical Director
Amsurg
Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Tonya Wagner is an infection preventionist from Charleston, SC. She is a Senior Clinical Director for Amsurg. She earned her BSN from the Medical University of SC. Tonya works with ambulatory surgery centers throughout NC and SC.

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3008 - Uncovering the Stool Story: The Impact of Testing Guidance and Concurrent Review of Clostridium difficile Tests on the Incidence of Hospital Onset Infection

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