Based on information I learned in the infection lecture, I performed the following "pre-emptive" interventions for an elderly patient admitted to my med-surg unit with diarrhea to R/O C. difficile. I placed her in a private room, used dedicated equipment, and educated the patient, family and fellow staff re the importance of using warm water and soap to cleanse their hands, as opposed to just using alcohol gel. Staff wore gloves when providing care, but I waived the gowns because the patient was voiding only scant amounts of stool, and she was continent. I do not know the results of her stool cultures because they were still pending at the change of shift, and I was finishing my weekly work rotation. However, I am satisfied that I was able to protect the patient, her family, and staff members in the event she did have a C. difficile infection.