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Clostridium difficile Infection and Fecal Bacteriotherapy

Mitchell, Indya RN, MSN, FNP-BC; Shropshire, KaSheena RN, MSN, FNP-C; Ruel, Jennifer DNP, RN, FNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/SGA.0b013e318280f817
Features

Clostridium difficile, also called “C. diff,” is a gram-positive bacillus associated with nosocomial infections involving diarrhea, most often seen in developing countries. The severity of C. diff–associated diarrhea varies tremendously from mild and self-limiting to fulminant and life-threatening. C. diff has become an extremely important pathogen in community health but can be minimized with attention to proper hygiene. This article presents a case study regarding the treatment and management options of C. diff infection using a recent update of clinical guidelines for patient management.

Indya Mitchell, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, is Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan, and is Board Certified.

KaSheena Shropshire, RN, MSN, FNP-C, is Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan, and is Board Certified.

Jennifer Ruel, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, is Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan, and is Board Certified.

Correspondence to: KaSheena Shropshire, RN, MSN, FNP-C, 34140 Oakview, Clinton Township, MI 48035 (e-mail: tinabeanrn@hotmail.com).

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

Received June 1, 2012

Accepted August 3, 2012

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