Community-Onset Clostridium difficile - CMEZ714

Community-Onset Clostridium difficile

The Changing Picture

by Beth R. Wallace, MPH, CIC
(4.6 / 59 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Since 2000, the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has changed, with significant increases in incidence, severity, mortality rate, and treatment failures. Nonmaternal adult CDI hospitalizations increased from 7.4 per 1,000 in 2003 to 13.5 per 1,000 in 2012. The government expects that rate to continue growing about 2% per year. Infections in populations traditionally considered to be at low risk — peripartum women, children, and young healthy adults — have increased, and many infected patients lack the usual predisposing CDI risk factors, such as old age, recent hospital stays, and antibiotic exposure. This module discusses the risk factors associated with the emergence of CDI in the community, ways in which community-acquired CDIs are being transmitted, and the question of whether nursing homes and outpatient healthcare settings may be an underappreciated source of CDI cases.


The goal of this continuing education program is to inform healthcare providers about development of community-based Clostridium difficile. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the changing epidemiology of C. difficile
  • Describe how C. difficile is transmitted in the community
  • Assess the major and minor risk factors for community-associated C. difficile infection

Accreditation Information
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Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 6/12/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/8/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/8/2020

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Ephraim S - Alta loma, CA  ·  Dec 06, 2018
new information i learned from this pathogen and how it is transmitted
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Kully W - Middleton, TN  ·  Oct 22, 2018
Overall, helpful course.
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Parminder B - sewell, NJ  ·  Jun 14, 2018
Nice and detailed course.
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Alban M - lawrence, KS  ·  Feb 09, 2018
excellent review for my practice
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Kelly M - Durango, CO  ·  Oct 25, 2017
A good overview of Community Onset C.diff
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Price: $15.00
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