Identifying patients at risk of severe Clostridium difficile-associated disease

Potter, Valerie A.; Aravinthan, Aloysious
May 2012
British Journal of Hospital Medicine (17508460);May2012, Vol. 73 Issue 5, p265
Academic Journal
The article reviews the factors that can help in identifying individuals at high risk of developing Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)-associated disease. Patient-based factors in C. difficile disease include age, gender and comorbidity. Other risk factors include prolonged medication, gastrointestinal procedures, and certain laboratory parameters. The need for early identification of patients to limit morbidity and mortality from C. difficile-associated disease is also emphasized.


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