Inappropriate use of antibiotics and Clostridium difficile infection. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We assessed appropriateness of preceding and concurrent antibiotics in 126 consecutive patients with hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infection. In 93 (73.8%) episodes, at least 1 preceding course of antibiotics was inappropriate. We provided feedback on concurrent antibiotics on the day of diagnosis during the final 8 months: 17 of 74 (23.0%) patients were on inappropriate antibiotics. Our recommendations were well received. Reviewing C difficile-infected patients allowed for identification of opportunities to improve antibiotic utilization and potentially improved patient outcomes.

publication date

  • November 2013