Understanding and Management of C. Difficile Colitis - RD48

Understanding and Management of C. Difficile Colitis

by Frank G. Bottone, Jr., PhD, RDN, LDN
(4.6 / 120 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (2.00 CPEU)

Price: $32.00
CE-PRO Price: $16.00


Clostridium difficile is the most frequent cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea and one of the leading causes of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Its prevalence has markedly increased over the past decade, in part due to overuse of antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors. This opportunistic, toxin-producing bacterium causes a virulent infection that is difficult to prevent and quick to spread. Infected individuals typically experience mild to severe diarrhea; some develop life-threatening inflammation of the colon. This course describes the causes, presentation, and diagnosis of C. difficile infection, and its pharmacological and nutritional management and new treatment options, including probiotics.


The goal of this module is to provide registered dietitian nutritionists with the latest research on this C. difficile infection and the methods to nutritionally manage it. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the complex and evolving epidemiology of C. difficile
  • Identify the varied presenting features of C. difficile infection and diagnostic procedures
  • List current pharmacological options, including probiotics
  • Recommend dietary measures to treat diarrhea associated with C. difficile

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2070, 3000, 4000 and performance indicators of  8.1.5, 8.3.1, 8.3.7, 10.4.4.  
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 6/27/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/30/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Robert A - Tallahassee, FL  ·  Apr 16, 2019
Great coarse, learned a lot. very good corase
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Janet L. R - Fort Collins, CO  ·  Mar 10, 2019
Very informative. Increased my understanding and reconfirmed what I already knew
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BRENDA G - Williston, ND  ·  Jun 11, 2018
Beneficial information and easy to follow.
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Stacey B - Memphis, TN  ·  May 29, 2018
I learned more about the disease process, diagnosis, and treatment including oral vs enteral feedings recommendations.
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Deborah F - Goodlettsville, TN  ·  Mar 29, 2018
This is especially helpful in understanding physicians treatments plan I regards to medications as well as my role in assisting the patient with making the most appropriate dietary recommendations.
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Price: $32.00
CE-PRO Price: $16.00