Community-Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infection

Awareness and Clinical Implications

Cheryl Juneau, Elnora Nonie P Mendias, Nihas Wagal, Michael Loeffelholz, Tor Savidge, Sharon Croisant, Sara Dann-Grice

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Abstract

The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is changing. CDI, usually depicted as a nosocomial infection in the elderly, is now occurring in community-dwelling persons who are younger and otherwise dissimilar. A more virulent isolate, North American Pulsed Field type 1, associated with increased morbidity and mortality, has been identified. In 2005, similar strains were associated with severe disease in community-dwelling patients at a rate of 7.6/100,000. Screening patients with potential CDI symptoms and implementing preventive measures, including judicious use of antibiotics, can reduce disease burden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • Clostridium difficile infection
  • Community-acquired Clostridium difficile
  • North American pulsed-field type 1
  • PCR ribotype 027

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Fundamentals and skills

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Community-Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infection : Awareness and Clinical Implications. / Juneau, Cheryl; Mendias, Elnora Nonie P; Wagal, Nihas; Loeffelholz, Michael; Savidge, Tor; Croisant, Sharon; Dann-Grice, Sara.

In: Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Vol. 9, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 1-6.

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Juneau, Cheryl ; Mendias, Elnora Nonie P ; Wagal, Nihas ; Loeffelholz, Michael ; Savidge, Tor ; Croisant, Sharon ; Dann-Grice, Sara. / Community-Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infection : Awareness and Clinical Implications. In: Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2013 ; Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 1-6.
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