467. Investigation of a Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Outbreak in a Community Teaching Hospital
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Healthcare Epidemiology: Updates in C. difficile
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Room: S Poster Hall
  • Investigation of a CDI outbreak in a community teaching hospital.pdf (751.9 kB)
  • Background: An abrupt change in baseline CDI from 2016 to 2017 prompted a response team task force including senior administration, the CMO, infection prevention, environmental services, laboratory, pharmacy, emergency department (ED) and nursing to address the problem.

    Methods: Hospital acquired (HA) and community acquired (CA) CDI cases were tracked using an epidemic curve and institutional case mapping. A multi-pronged intervention was implemented that included molecular typing of isolates, quarterly terminal cleaning of the ED, improved CDI screening and testing, intensified antimicrobial stewardship (AS) with mandatory education for key clinicians, and rigorously enhanced enforcement of hand hygiene with secret observers and directed feedback. Pre, mid, and fully-implemented intervention HA and CA CDI rates were observed.

    Results: 95% of CA CDI and 98% of all patients who developed HA CDI were admitted through the ED. Cases of CDI were distributed throughout the hospital. The genotyping did not identify a single strain outbreak. 16% of all CDI samples (23% of CA and 9% of HA cases) sent to the DOH tested positive for BINAP1. Pre-intervention rates of HA CDI were found to be lower than mid-intervention rates (2.4, 95% CI= 1.5-3.1 vs 4.3, 95% CI= 1.13-7.37). HA CDI rates after full-intervention in 4th quarter 2017 and 1st quarter 2018 trended toward baseline (2.1, 95% CI= 0-5.93) but had not achieved statistical improvement (Figure 1). A significant correlation between HA CDI rates and CA CDI rates was not found, (r= 0.241, p<0.5), suggesting that HA CDI rates were not driven by CA CDI rates. Hospital and ED hand hygiene improved significantly; Hospital pre-intervention =0.84 vs intervention =0.91, p<.01; ED hand hygiene pre-intervention= 0.72 vs intervention=0.86, p<.04. No statistically significant changes in antimicrobial use were noted.

    Conclusion: A rapid, aggressive team-based approach for a CDI outbreak successfully reversed a rising rate and SIR. Although no one specific intervention was clearly responsible for the reversal we did observe a statistically significant increase in hand hygiene. This outbreak and its management illustrate the importance of active surveillance and a rapid team-based response to CDI outbreaks.

    Laura Parker, BA, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway Township, NJ, Sharon Parrillo, BSN, RN, CIC, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerville, NJ and Ronald Nahass, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, ID Care, Inc., Hillsborough, NJ


    L. Parker, None

    S. Parrillo, None

    R. Nahass, None

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