This guidance provides a standardised evidence-based approach to diagnosis, prevention and control, and treatment of CDI to enable staff to deliver safe care and support the reduction of CDI in their organisations.

Organisations and staff providing care have a key role in preventing and controlling CDI and other healthcare-associated infections.

The guidance aims to:

  • outline roles and responsibilities
  • aid the application of knowledge in preventing transmission of C. difficile in all care settings
  • improve patient safety in relation to the acquisition of CDI and management of patients with CDI
  • reduce morbidity, mortality and service disruption as a result of CDI

Please note that the guidance also provides information on antibiotic treatment – this has now been superseded by Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) guidance.

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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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