Archive \ Volume.7 2016 Issue 4

Management of Clostridium difficile in a developing nation

Azadeh Nasrollah , Shiva Hashemi , Parvin Talebloo , Mehdi Rajabi , Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman , Usman Abubakar
Abstract

Introduction: Clostridium difficile is the most important definable cause of healthcare acquired diarrhea. Recommended treatments for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are metronidazole, oral vancomycin and fidaxomicin (a new narrow spectrum macrocyclic antibiotic). Aim: The aim of this investigation was to review the treatment of CDI in Iran. Method: 1600 medical records and prescriptions were scrutinized for patients complaining of diarrhea, colitis and gastroenteritis. The therapeutic route was investigated in each individual case bearing in mind the medical and medication history as well as other co-morbidities. Results: The selection of antibiotic by many medical practitioners for the treatment of diarrhea, colitis and gastroenteritis were inappropriate and random. In most cases the chosen antibiotic, can itself be associated with initiation or worsening of CDI. Conclusion: The needs for antimicrobial stewardship program to preserve the effectiveness of current available therapies are strongly recommended. This program must focus on the overall reduction of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and ultimately on enforcing the adherence to the reputable antibacterial guidelines.