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V Ewan, JL Newton
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Volume 38: Issue 2: 2008




Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea is the most common cause of nosocomial  diarrhoea  and  has  a  high  morbidity  and  mortality  among  infected patients.  Its  prevalence  and  recurrence  rates  increase  with  age.  Influencing  local antibiotic practice can have an impact on infection rates, and this and other specific strategies  to  reduce  the  incidence  and  relapse  rates  of C.  difficile-associated diarrhoea  are  needed.  Reduction  of C.  difficile-associated  diarrhoea  rates  would have  enormous  positive  resource  implications  for  health  services,  primarily  by reducing length of hospital stay, and would also reduce mortality and morbidity in hospital inpatients.