When Antibiotics Lead to Deadly Diarrhea

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It’s day five of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. In today’s CDC Safe Healthcare Blog, Matthew Wayne MD, CMD, of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) takes a close look at Clostridium difficile, a major cause of acute, antibiotic-associated diarrhea in the nation’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Clostridium difficile results in nearly 14,000 deaths each and every year, of these deaths 90 percent involve people 65 years and older. As a patient, caregiver, or nursing home facility, there’s a lot you can do to prevent these potentially deadly infections. To learn how you can help, join the conversation at http://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/.

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