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Management of Clostridium difficile infection

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Victoria Ewan, Emerita Professor Julia Newton


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Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea is the most common cause of nosocomial diarrhoea and has a high morbidity and mortality among infected patients. Its prevalence and recurrence rates increase with age. Influencing local antibiotic practice can have an impact on infection rates, and this and other specific strategies to reduce the incidence and relapse rates of C. difficile-associated diarrhoea are needed. Reduction of C. difficile-associated diarrhoea rates would have enormous positive resource implications for health services, primarily by reducing length of hospital stay, and would also reduce mortality and morbidity in hospital inpatients.

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Author(s): Ewan V, Newton JL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Year: 2008

Volume: 38

Pages: 144-147

ISSN (print): 1478-2715

ISSN (electronic): 2042-8189

Publisher: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh