Canterbury DHB


Prevention of Diarrhoea

Contact precautions are implemented for specified patients known or suspected to be infected or colonised with epidemiologically important micro-organisms. These can be transmitted by direct contact with the patient, or indirect contact with environmental surfaces or patient-care items in the patient’s room. These precautions include the use of a single room, gloves, and gowns. Hands are to be washed after touching the patient or a potentially contaminated article, and immediately before leaving the room. Use dedicated patient care equipment, e.g. bedpans if applicable, and stethoscopes, etc. Patient transport is limited to essential purposes only.

Spores from C. difficile are not killed by alcohol so hand washing is essential.

Standard precautions are applied when caring for all patients with diarrhoea. These include good hygiene practices: washing and drying hands before patient contact or use of sterimist spray.

About this Canterbury DHB document (4993):

Document Owner:

Andrew Butler (see Who's Who)

Last Reviewed:

May 2021

Next Review:

May 2023


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Topic Code: 4993