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Clostridium difficile AND antimicrobial stewardship

Michelle T Hecker, Edith Ho, Curtis J Donskey
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October 21, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Sara Tedeschi, Filippo Trapani, Maddalena Giannella, Francesco Cristini, Fabio Tumietto, Michele Bartoletti, Annalisa Liverani, Salvatore Pignanelli, Luisa Toni, Roberto Pederzini, Augusto Cavina, Pierluigi Viale
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) on antibiotic consumption, Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), and antimicrobial resistance patterns in a rehabilitation hospital. DESIGN Quasi-experimental study of the periods before (from January 2011 to June 2012) and after (from July 2012 to December 2014) ASP implementation. SETTING 150-bed rehabilitation hospital dedicated to patients with spinal-cord injuries. INTERVENTION Beginning in July 2012, an ASP was implemented based on systematic bedside infectious disease (ID) consultation and structural interventions (ie, revision of protocols for antibiotic prophylaxis and education focused on the appropriateness of antibiotic prescriptions)...
October 17, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
S D Stites, C A Cooblall, J Aronovitz, S B Singletary, K Micklow, M Sjeime
BACKGROUND: The incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) have increased in recent years. Predictive models may help to identify at-risk patients before the onset of infection. Early identification of high-risk patients could help antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes and other initiatives to better prevent C. difficile in these patients. AIM: To develop a predictive model that identifies patients at high risk for CDI at the time of hospitalization...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
Esther van Kleef, Sarah R Deeny, Mark Jit, Barry Cookson, Simon D Goldenberg, W John Edmunds, Julie V Robotham
BACKGROUND: Early clinical trials of a Clostridium difficile toxoid vaccine show efficacy in preventing C. difficile infection (CDI). The optimal patient group to target for vaccination programmes remains unexplored. This study performed a model-based evaluation of the effectiveness of different CDI vaccination strategies, within the context of existing infection prevention and control strategies such as antimicrobial stewardship. METHODS: An individual-based transmission model of CDI in a high-risk hospital setting was developed...
October 7, 2016: Vaccine
Andrew I T Hebbard, Monica A Slavin, Caroline Reed, Benjamin W Teh, Karin A Thursky, Jason A Trubiano, Leon J Worth
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a significant cause of healthcare-associated diarrhoea, and the emergence of endemic strains resulting in poorer outcomes is recognised worldwide. Patients with cancer are a specific high-risk group for development of infection. Areas covered: In this review, modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for CDI in adult patients with haematological malignancy or solid tumours are evaluated. In particular, the contribution of antimicrobial exposure, hospitalisation and gastric acid suppression to risk of CDI are discussed...
November 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
Hanna K Welch, Jerod L Nagel, Twisha S Patel, Tejal N Gandhi, Benrong Chen, John De Leon, Carol E Chenoweth, Laraine L Washer, Krishna Rao, Gregory A Eschenauer
BACKGROUND: Although antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are uniquely positioned to improve treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) through targeted interventions, studies to date have not rigorously evaluated the influence of ASP involvement on clinical outcomes attributed to CDI. METHODS: We performed a quasiexperimental study of adult patients with CDI before (n = 307) and after (n = 285) a real-time ASP review was initiated. In the intervention group, an ASP pharmacist was notified of positive CDI results and consulted with the care team to initiate optimal therapy, minimize concomitant antibiotic and acid-suppressive therapy, and recommend surgical/infectious diseases consultation in complicated cases...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Nicola Principi, Susanna Esposito
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are among the drugs most commonly prescribed to children in hospitals and communities. Unfortunately, a great number of these prescriptions are unnecessary or inappropriate. Antibiotic abuse and misuse have several negative consequences, including drug-related adverse events, the emergence of multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens, the development of Clostridium difficile infection, the negative impact on microbiota, and undertreatment risks. In this paper, the principle of and strategies for paediatric antimicrobial stewardship (AS) programs, the effects of AS interventions and the common barriers to development and implementation of AS programs are discussed...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Dhara N Shah, Fay S Chan, Nandita Kachru, Krutina P Garcia, Holly E Balcer, April P Dyer, John E Emanuel, Michelle D Jordan, Katherine T Lusardi, Geri Naymick, Radhika S Polisetty, Lanny Sieman, Ashley M Tyler, Michael L Johnson, Kevin W Garey
PURPOSE: Fidaxomicin use in real-world clinical practice, especially for severe Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), is mainly based on single-center observational studies. The purpose of this pharmacoepidemiology study was to assess outcomes of patients given fidaxomicin based on episode number and use of concomitant antibiotics. METHODS: Fidaxomicin use over time across included hospitals in the United States was assessed using a large inpatient drug utilization database...
2016: SpringerPlus
Neil D Ritchie, Sharon C Irvine, Helps Alieen, Robb Fiona, Brian L Jones, R Andrew Seaton
INTRODUCTION: Antimicrobial stewardship has an important role in the control of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and antibiotic resistance. An important component of UK stewardship interventions is the restriction of broad-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotics and promotion of agents associated with a lower risk of CDI such as gentamicin. Whilst the introduction of restrictive antibiotic guidance has been associated with improvements in CDI and antimicrobial resistance evidence of the effect on outcome following severe infection is lacking...
August 13, 2016: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Jerod L Nagel, Keith S Kaye, Kerry L LaPlante, Jason M Pogue
Antibiotic misuse is a serious patient safety concern and a national public health priority. Years of indiscriminant antibiotic use has promoted selection for antibiotic resistant bacteria and Clostridium difficile This crisis has led to clinicians being faced with managing untreatable infections, often in the most vulnerable patient populations. This review summarizes the goals of antimicrobial stewardship programs, the essential members needed to initiate a program, various antimicrobial stewardship strategies, the role of the infection control practitioner in stewardship, barriers to its implementation and maintenance, approaches to measure the impact of a program, and the steps needed to initiate a program...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Christopher E Kandel, Suzanne Gill, Janine McCready, John Matelski, Jeff E Powis
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are associated with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Both a computer order entry alert to highlight this association as well as antimicrobial stewardship directed prospective audit and feedback represent novel interventions to reduce the co-administration of antibiotics and PPIs among hospitalized patients. METHODS: Consecutive patients admitted to two General Internal Medicine wards from October 1, 2010 until March 31, 2013 at a teaching hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada were evaluated...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Giulio Didiodato, Leslie Mcarthur
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2015: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
James F Carbo, Christine A Ruh, Kari E Kurtzhalts, Michael C Ott, John A Sellick, Kari A Mergenhagen
BACKGROUND: The influence of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) on outcomes in male veterans treated for complicated urinary tract infection has not been determined. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study encompassing the study period January 1, 2005-October 31, 2014, which was conducted at a 150-bed Veterans Affairs Healthcare System facility in Buffalo, NY. Male veterans admitted for treatment of complicated urinary tract infection were identified using ICD-9-CM codes...
July 4, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Kari E Kurtzhalts, John A Sellick, Christine A Ruh, James F Carbo, Michael C Ott, Kari A Mergenhagen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) on outcomes for inpatients with pneumonia, including length of stay, treatment duration, and 30-day readmission rates. METHODS: A retrospective chart review comparing outcomes of veterans admitted with pneumonia before (2005-2006) and after (2013-2014) implementation of an ASP was conducted; pneumonia was defined according to International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes...
July 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Lindsey M Weiner, Scott K Fridkin, Zuleika Aponte-Torres, Lacey Avery, Nicole Coffin, Margaret A Dudeck, Jonathan R Edwards, John A Jernigan, Rebecca Konnor, Minn M Soe, Kelly Peterson, L Clifford McDonald
BACKGROUND: Healthcare-associated antibiotic-resistant (AR) infections increase patient morbidity and mortality and might be impossible to successfully treat with any antibiotic. CDC assessed healthcare-associated infections (HAI), including Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), and the role of six AR bacteria of highest concern nationwide in several types of healthcare facilities. METHODS: During 2014, approximately 4000 short-term acute care hospitals, 501 long-term acute care hospitals, and 1135 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in all 50 states reported data on specific infections to the National Healthcare Safety Network...
July 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Giulio DiDiodato, Leslie McArthur
BACKGROUND: The incidence rate of healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infection (HA-CDI) is estimated at 1 in 100 patients. Antibiotic exposure is the most consistently reported risk factor for HA-CDI. Strategies to reduce the risk of HA-CDI have focused on reducing antibiotic utilization. Prospective audit and feedback is a commonly used antimicrobial stewardship intervention (ASi). The impact of this ASi on risk of HA-CDI is equivocal. This study examines the effectiveness of a prospective audit and feedback ASi on reducing the risk of HA-CDI...
2016: PloS One
Christos A Grigoras, Fainareti N Zervou, Ioannis M Zacharioudakis, Constantinos I Siettos, Eleftherios Mylonakis
Clostridium difficile infection is the most common hospital-acquired infection. Besides infected patients, carriers have emerged as a key player in C. difficile epidemiology. In this study, we evaluated the impact of identifying and isolating carriers upon hospital admission on the incidence of CDI incidence and hospital-acquired C. difficile colonization, as a single policy and as part of bundle approaches. We simulated C. difficile transmission using a stochastic mathematical approach, considering the contribution of carriers based on published literature...
2016: PloS One
Amee R Manges, Theodore S Steiner, Alissa J Wright
Treatment options for multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacterial infections are limited and often less effective. Non-pharmacologic approaches to preventing or treating MDR infections are currently restricted to improved antimicrobial stewardship and infection control practices. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), a highly effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, has emerged as a promising therapy for intestinal MDR bacterial decolonization. A total of eight case reports have been published showing FMT resulted in intestinal decolonization of extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae, vancomycin-resistant Enterococci, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus...
August 2016: Infectious Diseases
Kevin A Brown, Makoto Jones, Nick Daneman, Frederick R Adler, Vanessa Stevens, Kevin E Nechodom, Matthew B Goetz, Matthew H Samore, Jeanmarie Mayer
BACKGROUND: Although clinical factors affecting a person's susceptibility to Clostridium difficile infection are well-understood, little is known about what drives differences in incidence across long-term care settings. OBJECTIVE: To obtain a comprehensive picture of individual and regional factors that affect C difficile incidence. DESIGN: Multilevel longitudinal nested case-control study. SETTING: Veterans Health Administration health care regions, from 2006 through 2012...
June 21, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
Helena White, Martin Wiselka, David Bell
The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in the UK rose dramatically during the early years of this century, in part associated with the emergence of the hyper-virulent ribotype 027 strain. The University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL), a 2000-bed acute UK NHS Trust, implemented a number of interventions, which led to an 80% reduction in new cases over a twelve month period. Changes were introduced as a result of collaboration between the Infection Prevention team, the departments of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and with the support of the Trust Executive...
2016: Antibiotics
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