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Recognition and management of Clostridium difficile in older adults

Sams, Anna Wentz ANP-BC; Kennedy-Malone, Laurie PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000512254.47992.8e
Feature: BACTERIAL INFECTION

Abstract: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is increasing in the outpatient setting, and older adults are at a higher risk for contracting CDI and experiencing poor outcomes. NPs may see this infection in the primary care setting. This article focuses on the presentation, treatment, and clinical practice implications for CDI in community-dwelling older adults.

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is increasing in the outpatient setting, and older adults are at a higher risk for contracting CDI and experiencing poor outcomes. This article focuses on the presentation, treatment, and clinical practice implications for CDI in older adults.

Anna W. Sams is an adult NP at Rockingham Gastroenterology Associates in Reidsville, N.C, and is in the process of completing her doctorate through the School of Nursing PhD program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C.

Laurie Kennedy-Malone is a nursing professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing, Greensboro, N.C.

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

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