Strategies to Reduce Clostridioides Difficile Infection in Hematologic Malignancies
Nurse practitioners and other health care providers play a critical role in the recognition and management of cancer-related infections, including Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infections. A key component of managing patients with hematologic malignancies, especially those who are hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients, lies in preventing, detecting, and treating C. diff infections by establishing C. diff screening procedures and the appropriate use of anti-infective therapy. Knowledge gained in this arena will support prevention, detection, and timely management of C. diff infections in patients with hematologic malignancies who are HCT recipients.
This information was originally presented at the NCCN 2020 Virtual Nursing Forum: Advancing Oncology Nursing in Hematologic Malignancies™ held on October 8, 2020.
This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of hematology/oncology nurses and nurse practitioners who manage patients with hematologic malignancies.
Following this activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the risk of C. diff colonization and infection in patients with hematologic malignancies, including HCT recipients.
- Discuss strategies for screening for C. diff infection in patients with hematologic malignancies, including HCT recipients.
- Describe treatment options for patients with hematologic malignancies who develop C. diff infection, including HCT recipients.
Misty Lamprecht, MS, APRN-CNS, AOCN, BMTCN
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
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All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation for the tasks and methods of delivery.
Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling.
The faculty listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Misty Lamprecht, MS, APRN-CNS, AOCN, BMTCN
NCCN Staff Disclosures
The NCCN Activity Planning staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Michael Abrams; Melissa Esplen; Mark A. Geisler; Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN; Kristin Kline Hasson; Rose Joyce; Karen Kanefield; Lisa Perfidio, MS; Shannon Ryan, CMP; Kathy Ann Smith, CHCP; Sarah Weinstein
The NCCN Leadership listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Robert W. Carlson, MD; Gary J. Weyhmuller, MBA, SPHR
The NCCN Leadership listed below discloses the following relevant financial relationships:
Wui-Jin Koh, MD: IBM Watson Health for Oncology and Genomics; Scientific Advisor
The NCCN Clinical staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Angela Motter, PhD; Dorothy A. Shead, MS
In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 contact hours.
- 0.75 ANCC contact hours
- 0.75 Participation
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