Community-Onset Clostridium difficile - RD714

Community-Onset Clostridium difficile

The Changing Picture

by Beth R. Wallace, MPH, CIC
(4.5 / 66 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


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
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physicians and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
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 is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3070, 4040. 4090. 5020 and performance indicator 4.1.1. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

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

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

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


For Florida professionals:

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Gina S - Cape Coral , FL  ·  Jun 11, 2019
good information about C-Diff
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Sharon Q - Spring Valley, CA  ·  Apr 25, 2019
wonderful, relevant, accurate
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Amanda R - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Apr 11, 2019
c diff is a great topic
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Darina N - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Apr 05, 2019
The information was very comprehensive
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Alison D - Naples, FL  ·  Apr 01, 2019
Very informative, good presentation of the material
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00