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Prevention of Infection Due to Clostridium difficile.

Prevention of Infection Due to Clostridium difficile.
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Cooper CC, Jump RL, Chopra T,


Cooper CC, Jump RL, Chopra T, (click to view)

Cooper CC, Jump RL, Chopra T,

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Infectious disease clinics of North America 2016 09 1930(4) 999-1012 pii 10.1016/j.idc.2016.07.005

Abstract

Clostridium difficile is one of the foremost nosocomial pathogens. Preventing infection is particularly challenging. Effective prevention efforts typically require a multifaceted bundled approach. A variety of infection control procedures may be advantageous, including strict hand decontamination with soap and water, contact precautions, and using chlorine-containing decontamination agents. Additionally, risk factor reduction can help reduce the burden of disease. The risk factor modification is principally accomplished though antibiotic stewardship programs. Unfortunately, most of the current evidence for prevention is in acute care settings. This review focuses on preventative approaches to reduce the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection in healthcare settings.

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