Gut check: Clostridium difficile testing and treatment in the molecular testing era

Whitney R. Buckel, Edina Avdic, Karen C. Carroll, Vidhya Gunaseelan, Eric Hadhazy, Sara E. Cosgrove

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Abstract

We evaluated the impact of nursing education and stewardship interventions on Clostridium difficile testing and treatment appropriateness. Diarrhea documentation increased for those with positive tests (45% to 70%); pretreatment laxative use decreased (50% to 19%). Appropriate treatment increased for severe infection (57% to 93%), but all asymptomatically colonized patients were treated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-221
Number of pages5
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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