When a person has C. difficile disease, the bacteria in the stool can contaminate surfaces such as toilets, handles, bedpans, or commode chairs. When touching these items our hands can become contaminated. If we then touch our mouth without washing our hands, we can become infected. Our soiled hands can also spread the bacteria to other surfaces. If you are in the hospital and have C. difficile diarrhea, to prevent the spread of the infection you will be put on precautions, which includes a single room until you are free from diarrhea for at least three days. Your activities outside the room may be restricted. All health care staff who enter your room wear a gown and gloves. Everyone MUST clean their hands when leaving your room.