Clostridium difficile Infection: The Hospitalist’s Role in Improving Patient Outcomes

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of the hospitalist on Clostridium difficile infection treatment and prevention.

Supported by an educational grant from:

Merck & Co., Inc.

Activity Information

Original Release Date: December 31, 2018
Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 1.0 hour

Faculty

Dale N. Gerding, MD
Professor of Medicine
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Maywood, Illinois
Research Physician
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Hines, Illinois

Ciarán P. Kelly, MD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director of Gastroenterology Training
Medical Director, Celiac Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Ashwini Niranjan-Azadi, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine Hospitalist Program
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

 

Method of Participation

Participants should read the activity information, review the activity in its entirety, and complete the online post-test and evaluation. Upon completing this activity as designed and achieving a passing score on the post-test, you will be directed to a Web page that will allow you to receive your certificate of credit via e-mail or you may print it out at that time.

The online post-test and evaluation can be accessed at: https://tinyurl.com/CDiffS18 Inquiries may be directed to Global Academy for Medical Education at info@globalacademycme.com or (973) 290-8225.

System Requirements

PC: Microsoft Windows 2000 SE (or above)
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Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Global Academy for Medical Education. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

Global Education Group is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This educational activity for 1.0 contact hour is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacist Accreditation Statement

Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0530-9999-18-424-H01-P)
This is a knowledge-based activity.

Statement of Need

Clostridium difficile infection is the most frequently identified health care–associated infection in the United States, responsible for about 30,000 deaths in 2011. Prevention measures include limiting use of antibiotics and consistently adhering to transmission control strategies. Diagnosis can be complicated, and multi-step testing is recommended. Updated guidelines were published in 2018, with new treatment recommendations. Additional agents and treatment strategies have also been introduced to prevent and treat recurrent infections. Hospitalists need to learn and follow the new recommendations to provide the best care for their patients.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, a learner should be able to:

  • List risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)
  • Describe guideline-driven infection control strategies
  • Delineate the guideline-recommended diagnostic evaluation process and tests for CDI in adults
  • Review evidence on current and emerging therapies for treatment of CDI
  • Review evidence for treatment of CDI recurrence

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Dale N. Gerding, MD; Consultant/Independent Contractor: Pfizer, MGB BioPharma, Sanofi Pasteur, Medpace; Grant/Research Support: Seres Therapeutics; Advisory Board: Merck, Rebiotix, Actelion, Da Volterra, and Summit.
Ciarán P. Kelly, MD; Consultant/Independent Contractor: Artugen, Facile Therapeutics, Finch, Matrivax, and Vedanta; Honoraria: Matrivax, Merck, and Seres Health; Advisory Board: Merck.
Ashwini Niranjan-Azadi, MD; No relevant financial relationships.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Global Academy for Medical Education Staff: Shirley V. Jones, MBA; Chris Prifte; Margaret McLaughlin, PhD; and Lynne Kolton Schneider, PhD, have nothing to disclose.
Global Education Group: Lindsay Borvansky; Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN; Andrea Funk; Liddy Knight; and Ashley Cann have nothing to disclose.

Global Contact Information

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Global Education Group (Global) and Global Academy for Medical Education do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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