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#1
Jennan A Phillips, Stephanie Hammond
Preventing Clostridium difficile, the most common cause of health care-associated infections in hospitals and infectious disease death in the United States, is a national priority. Increased rates of infection among low-risk individuals in the community call for community-based prevention efforts to halt the increasing spread of this highly contagious opportunistic infection.
April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404757/trends-in-the-incidence-and-outcomes-of-hospitalized-cancer-patients-with-clostridium-difficile-infection-a-nationwide-analysis
#2
Arjun Gupta, Raseen Tariq, Ryan D Frank, Gary W Jean, Muhammad S Beg, Darrell S Pardi, David H Johnson, Sahil Khanna
Background: Patients with cancer have several risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), but the impact of CDI on outcomes in this population needs elucidation. We analyzed the incidence of CDI and its impact on outcomes in patients with cancer using the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) database from 2001 to 2010. Methods: Diagnosis codes were used to identify patients with cancer and CDI events. Demographics, diagnoses, length of stay (LOS), and discharge information were abstracted. Multivariate linear and logistic regression models with weighted analysis were conducted to study CDI incidence and CDI-associated outcomes...
April 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385299/kick-the-bucket-one-hospital-system-s-journey-to-reduce-clostridium-difficile
#3
Molly Bridget Delaney
PROBLEM: Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing over again but expecting different results. Although the United States claims to reduce antibiotic abuse, practice strict isolation, and clean meticulously, the burden of Clostridium difficile outpaces goals. Unless innovative approaches are tried, we risk culling elderly, immunosuppressed, and otherwise debilitated populations. Emergency departments are a primary access point for patients who are unable to wait for primary care...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361440/acid-suppressive-therapy-and-risk-of-infections-pros-and-cons
#4
REVIEW
Leon Fisher, Alexander Fisher
This narrative review summarises the benefits, risks and appropriate use of acid-suppressing drugs (ASDs), proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, advocating a rationale balanced and individualised approach aimed to minimise any serious adverse consequences. It focuses on current controversies on the potential of ASDs to contribute to infections-bacterial, parasitic, fungal, protozoan and viral, particularly in the elderly, comprehensively and critically discusses the growing body of observational literature linking ASD use to a variety of enteric, respiratory, skin and systemic infectious diseases and complications (Clostridium difficile diarrhoea, pneumonia, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, septicaemia and other)...
March 30, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360993/risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-surgical-patients-hospitalized-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-belgrade-serbia-a-case-control-study
#5
Vesna Šuljagić, Ivan Miljković, Srđan Starčević, Nenad Stepić, Zoran Kostić, Dragutin Jovanović, Jelena Brusić-Renaud, Biljana Mijović, Sandra Šipetić-Grujičić
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate independent risk factors (RFs) connected with healthcare-associated (HA) Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in surgical patients, its frequency per surgical wards and in-hospital-mortality at a single hospital. METHODS: Risk factors for the infection were prospectively assessed among surgical patients with laboratory confirmed HA CDI and compared with a control group without HA CDI. RESULTS: The overall incidence rate of HA CDI was 2...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347160/primary-prevention-of-clostridium-difficile-infections-how-difficult-can-it-be
#6
Lynne V McFarland
C. difficile infections (CDI) have been a challenging disease to treat, much less to prevent, for decades. Efforts for primary prevention have mainly focused on improving infection control practices, but CDI outbreaks continue to plague healthcare facilities. Areas covered: A literature search from 1970-December 2016 found 13 facility-level and 2 patient-level strategies that were evidence-based. The aim of this manuscript is to assess the current state of the literature on primary prevention of CDI and offer insights into which strategies may be more effective...
April 5, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346596/withholding-proton-pump-inhibitors-to-prevent-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-time-for-a-randomized-trial
#7
Scott R Bauer, Patrick O'Malley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 27, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343455/reducing-clostridium-difficile-in-the-inpatient-setting-a-systematic-review-of-the-adherence-to-and-effectiveness-of-c-difficile-prevention-bundles
#8
Anna K Barker, Caitlyn Ngam, Jackson S Musuuza, Valerie M Vaughn, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the most common infectious cause of nosocomial diarrhea, and its prevention is an urgent public health priority. However, reduction of CDI is challenging because of its complex pathogenesis, large reservoirs of colonized patients, and the persistence of infectious spores. The literature lacks high-quality evidence for evaluating interventions, and many hospitals have implemented bundled interventions to reduce CDI with variable results. Thus, we conducted a systematic review to examine the components of CDI bundles, their implementation processes, and their impact on CDI rates...
March 27, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330512/evaluating-risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-a-national-study
#9
Nishi N Shah, William McClellan, Christopher R Flowers, Sagar Lonial, Hannah Khoury, Edmund K Waller, Amelia Langston, Ajay K Nooka
OBJECTIVE Large-scale studies evaluating risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a leading cause of infectious diarrhea among patients undergoing stem cell transplantation (SCT), are lacking. We have evaluated risk factors for CDI among both autologous SCT (auto-SCT), and allogeneic SCT (allo-SCT) recipients using the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database provided by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). METHODS We used patient data obtained from the NIS database for all adult patients admitted for auto- and allo-SCTs from January 2001 to December 2010...
March 23, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323808/bezlotoxumab-zinplava-for-prevention-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 27, 2017: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321156/current-knowledge-on-the-laboratory-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
#11
REVIEW
Adrián Martínez-Meléndez, Adrián Camacho-Ortiz, Rayo Morfin-Otero, Héctor Jesús Maldonado-Garza, Licet Villarreal-Treviño, Elvira Garza-González
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a spore-forming, toxin-producing, gram-positive anaerobic bacterium that is the principal etiologic agent of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Infection with C. difficile (CDI) is characterized by diarrhea in clinical syndromes that vary from self-limited to mild or severe. Since its initial recognition as the causative agent of pseudomembranous colitis, C. difficile has spread around the world. CDI is one of the most common healthcare-associated infections and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among older adult hospitalized patients...
March 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320542/evaluation-of-fixed-and-variable-hospital-costs-due-to-clostridium-difficile-infection-institutional-incentives-and-directions-for-future-research
#12
P Ryan, M Skally, F Duffy, M Farrelly, L Gaughan, P Flood, E McFadden, F Fitzpatrick
BACKGROUND: Economic analysis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) should consider the incentives facing institutional decision-makers. To avoid overstating the financial benefits of infection prevention, fixed and variable costs should be distinguished. AIM: To quantify CDI fixed and variable costs in a tertiary referral hospital during August 2015. METHODS: A micro-costing analysis estimated CDI costs per patient, including the additional costs of a CDI outbreak...
April 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316441/snake-in-the-grass-a-case-report-of-transfusion-reactions-due-to-contaminated-donor-arm-disinfectant
#13
Anju Dubey, Atul Sonker, Rajendra Chaudhary
Bacterial contamination of blood components remains an on-going challenge. In the majority of cases, organisms contaminating the blood components are a part of normal skin flora. Here, we report a case of bacterial contamination of blood units through contaminated donor arm disinfectant. There was a series of reactions due to random donor platelet (RDP) transfusion. The patients had features of septic transfusion reactions. On root cause analysis, spirit swabs used for disinfection of donors' arm were identified as the culprit and presence of Clostridium difficile was established...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303388/the-impact-of-antibiotic-stewardship-programs-in-combating-quinolone-resistance-a-systematic-review-and-recommendations-for-more-efficient-interventions
#14
REVIEW
Vasiliki Pitiriga, Georgia Vrioni, George Saroglou, Athanasios Tsakris
Quinolones are among the most commonly prescribed antibiotics worldwide. A clear relationship has been demonstrated between excessive quinolone use and the steady increase in the incidence of quinolone-resistant bacterial pathogens, both in hospital and community sites. In addition, exposure to quinolones has been associated with colonization and infection with healthcare-associated pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in hospitalized patients. Therefore, the management of quinolone prescribing in hospitals through antibiotic stewardship programs is considered crucial...
March 16, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300019/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-acute-care-hospitals-systematic-review-and-best-practices-for-prevention
#15
Irene K Louh, William G Greendyke, Emilia A Hermann, Karina W Davidson, Louise Falzon, David K Vawdrey, Jonathan A Shaffer, David P Calfee, E Yoko Furuya, Henry H Ting
OBJECTIVE Prevention of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in acute-care hospitals is a priority for hospitals and clinicians. We performed a qualitative systematic review to update the evidence on interventions to prevent CDI published since 2009. DESIGN We searched Ovid, MEDLINE, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, CINAHL, the ISI Web of Knowledge, and grey literature databases from January 1, 2009 to August 1, 2015. SETTING We included studies performed in acute-care hospitals. PATIENTS OR PARTICIPANTS We included studies conducted on hospitalized patients that investigated the impact of specific interventions on CDI rates...
April 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286152/toxin-production-of-clostridium-difficile-in-sub-mic-of-vancomycin-and-clindamycin-alone-and-in-combination-with-ceftazidime
#16
Ebrahim Rezazadeh Zarandi, Shahla Mansouri, Nouzar Nakhaee, Farhad Sarafzadeh, Mohammad Moradi
Toxin production in Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a key process for induction of diarrhea. Several factors such as sub-MIC of antibiotics impact on toxin production. The aim of this research is investigation of sub-minimum inhibitory concentration (sub-MIC) of vancomycin (VAN), clindamycin (CLI) separately and in combination with ceftazidime (CAZ) on toxin production in C. difficile. About ∼10(6) colony forming units (CFU) from 18-h culture of C. difficile ATCC 9689 and clinical isolates A(+)/B(+)/CTD(-), were cultured anaerobically in the pre-reduced medium with appropriate concentration of separated and in combination antibiotics...
March 7, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285605/using-clinical-scenarios-to-understand-preventability-of-clostridium-difficile-infections-by-inpatient-antibiotic-stewardship-programs
#17
Jessica Seidelman, Kristen V Dicks, Michael J Durkin, Arthur W Baker, Rebekah W Moehring, Deverick J Anderson, Daniel J Sexton, Luke F Chen, Sarah S Lewis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279859/factors-associated-with-clostridium-difficile-infection-a-nested-case-control-study-in-a-three-year-prospective-cohort
#18
Nagham Khanafer, Philippe Vanhems, Frédéric Barbut, Christine Luxemburger
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a serious medical condition that is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Identification of risk factors associated with CDI and prompt recognition of patients at risk is key to successfully preventing CDI. METHODS: A 3-year prospective, observational, cohort study was conducted in a French university hospital and a nested case-control study was performed to identify risk factors for CDI. Inpatients aged 18 years or older, suffering from diarrhea suspected to be related to CDI, were asked to participate...
April 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275072/strategies-for-optimizing-the-diagnostic-predictive-value-of-clostridium-difficile-molecular-diagnostics
#19
Larry K Kociolek
Because nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) do not distinguish Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and asymptomatic C. difficile carriage, the diagnostic predictive value of NAATs is limited when used in patients with low probability of CDI. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Truong et al. report significant reductions in hospital-onset CDI and oral vancomycin utilization at their institution following implementation of a novel intervention that leveraged their clinical bioinformatics resources to prevent C...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274145/emerging-monoclonal-antibodies-against-clostridium-difficile-infection
#20
Séverine Péchiné, Claire Janoir, Anne Collignon
Clostridium difficile infections are characterized by a high recurrence rate despite antibiotic treatments and there is an urgent need to develop new treatments such as fecal transplantation and immonotherapy. Besides active immunotherapy with vaccines, passive immunotherapy has shown promise, especially with monoclonal antibodies. Areas covered: Herein, the authors review the different assays performed with monoclonal antibodies against C. difficile toxins and surface proteins to treat or prevent primary or recurrent episodes of C...
April 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
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