Clostridium difficile in Long-Term–Care Facilities for the Elderly

Andrew E. Simor, Suzanne F. Bradley, Larry J. Strausbaugh, Kent Crossley, Lindsay E. Nicolle
2002 Infection control and hospital epidemiology  
AbstractAntimicrobial agents are among the most frequently prescribed medications in long-term–care facilities (LTCFs). Therefore, it is not surprising thatClostridium difficilecolonization andC. difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) occur commonly in elderly LTCF residents.C. difficilehas been identified as the most common cause of non-epidemic acute diarrheal illness in nursing homes, and outbreaks of CDAD in LTCFs have also been recognized. This position paper reviews the epidemiology and
more » ... pidemiology and clinical features of CDAD in elderly residents of LTCFs and, using available evidence, provides recommendations for the management ofC. difficilein this setting.
doi:10.1086/501997 pmid:12452300 fatcat:kxfqtljpgfat7b5uhuzhpfbftm