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Understanding the Challenge of C. difficile

Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium known for its resilience and virulence in healthcare settings. C. difficile produces spores that are resistant to many antiseptic solutions, allowing them to survive outside a host for months or years. The severity of C. difficile infections (CDI) ranges from mild diarrhea to severe conditions like colitis, toxic megacolon, and even death. This makes CDI one of the most contagious and challenging infections to manage in healthcare facilities1.

Modes of Transmission

C. difficile spores spread primarily through contact with contaminated surfaces and hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the importance of stringent hand hygiene, strict isolation protocols, and the use of bleach-based cleaning solutions to control the spread of C. difficile2,3.

How Flexi-Seal™ PROTECT PLUS Helps

The Flexi-Seal™ PROTECT PLUS Fecal Management System is designed to enhance infection control practices by reducing the risk of fecal contamination. It may help contain C. difficile and prevent it from spreading into the environment4:

  • Closed Catheter System: Prevents stool from coming into contact with the nurse’s gloved hands, minimizing the risk of contamination.
  • Gelling Agent: Solidifies the stool, making it less likely to splash out of the bag.
  • One-Way Valve: Ensures that stool remains contained within the system, reducing the need for extensive cleaning of the surrounding environment.

By incorporating these features, Flexi-Seal™ PROTECT PLUS helps lower the risk of C. difficile spores contaminating the environment and enhances the overall safety of both patients and healthcare workers4.

Patients with C. difficile

Flexi-Seal™ PROTECT PLUS is an essential tool in managing patients with both C. difficile infection and fecal incontinence. Its design specifically targets the challenges presented by C. difficile infections, offering a solution for infection prevention and control in clinical settings5.

Prioritizing Nurse Safety in C. difficile Care

It's crucial for nurses to prioritize their own safety while caring for patients with C. difficile infections. Flexi-Seal™ PROTECT PLUS not only protects patients but also provides peace of mind to nurses by minimizing their exposure to infectious stool, thus safeguarding their health as well.

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References :
  1. Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Cohen, S. Gerding, D., Johnson, S., Kelly, C., Loo, V., McDonald, C., Pepin, J., Wilcox, M. (2010), Epidemiology, 31(5), 431 – 455.4. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clostridium difficile Infection in Adults: 2010 Update by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
  3. Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings (2007)" CDC.
  4. Zeliankevich P, Tsai L. Efficacy of Stool Containment & Prevention of Cross Contamination during bag changes of Flexi-Seal PROTECT PLUS FMS
  5. Jones S, Towers V, Welsby S, et al. Clostridium difficile Containment Properties of a Fecal Management System: An In Vitro Investigation. Ostomy Wound Management 2011;57(10):38–49.