Clostridium Difficile Infection: A Case Study

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Background: Clostridium difficile is now the most commonly reported pathogen in U.S. healthcare facilities, causing 12% of all hospital acquired infections (HAI). Patients in long-term care facilities (LTCF) contribute significantly, with the carriage rate among residents approaching 50%. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers contribute to new hospital infections. LTCF residents are often placed on Fecal Management Systems (FMS) at the onset of diarrhea. Although research suggests a strong link between admission from LTCFs and increased hospital burden of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI), little research exists regarding FMS, screening, and hospital rates of CDI. This study aims to explore the links between FMS, LTCF admissions, and

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