March 1, 2008

CID Supplement Provides New Insight on Clostridium difficile Infection

The latest on key issues in the diagnosis and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and the risk of CDI associated with antimicrobial agents has been published in a supplement to the January 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseasesavailable onlinecdiff

C. difficile epidemiology is changing, and an epidemic strain is circulating in North American hospitals and causing increasingly severe disease with high mortality among elderly patients,” said Dale Gerding, MD, a guest editor of the supplement and an IDSA Board member.

The supplement includes up-to-date articles by leaders in various areas of CDI. Articles include:

The supplement contains new algorithms for the treatment of CDI and a summary of the methods used to prevent and control infection. Also included are the risks for CDI associated with the use of various antibiotics, and how the use of an antimicrobial can bring on CDI in a patient.

CME/CE credit is available for infectious diseases physicians, hospitalists, clinical pharmacists, and primary care clinicians.

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