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A nurse is using contact precautions for a client diagnosed with Clostridium difficile. While transferring the client from the bed to the commode, the client has loose stool that falls on the floor.

After positioning the client on the commode, how should the nurse proceed to cleanse the floor?

Soap and water will not adequately disinfect the area.

The alcohol-based hand wash is ineffective against the spores of C. difficile.

To maintain the dignity of the client, the nurse should stay with the client and avoid having housekeeping personnel present while the client is using the commode. Using the unit’s mop and bucket could cause transmission to other areas of the unit.

The nurse should wipe up the stool and clean the area with a bleach solution to adequately disinfect the area and prevent transmission of the microorganism.