Waiting for test results before isolating patients with Clostridium difficile disease may be associated with increased transmission

Kiernan, Martin, Chalmers, A. and Griffiths, G. (2015) Waiting for test results before isolating patients with Clostridium difficile disease may be associated with increased transmission. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, 4 (1). p. 26. ISSN 2047-2994

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Abstract

Clostridium difficile is an infection that is associated with environmental contamination. Rapid isolation is recommended to prevent transmission. UK Guidelines state that patients with suspected infection should be isolated within two hours of the onset of symptoms [1], however they also state that the diarrhoea should not be clearly attributable to another cause. This can cause confusion and in busy clinical settings diarrhoea can be attributed to the administration of laxatives and other causes, meaning that patients may not be isolated until after a positive test result is received.

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Additional Information: © Kiernan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2015 This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Infection prevention
Medicine and health
Depositing User: Martin Kiernan
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 11:31
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:17
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3334

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