Low frequency of asymptomatic carriage of toxigenic Clostridium difficile in an acute care geriatric hospital: prospective cohort study in Switzerland

@inproceedings{Pires2016LowFO,
  title={Low frequency of asymptomatic carriage of toxigenic Clostridium difficile in an acute care geriatric hospital: prospective cohort study in Switzerland},
  author={Daniela Oliveira Pires and Virginie Prendki and Gesu{\`e}le Renzi and Carolina Fankhauser and Val{\'e}rie Sauvan and Benedikt D Huttner and Jacques Schrenzel and Stephan Harbarth},
  booktitle={Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control},
  year={2016}
}
The role of asymptomatic carriers of toxigenic Clostridium difficile (TCD) in nosocomial cross-transmission remains debatable. Moreover, its relevance in the elderly has been sparsely studied. To assess asymptomatic TCD carriage in an acute care geriatric population. We performed a prospective cohort study at the 296-bed geriatric hospital of the Geneva University Hospitals. We consecutively recruited all patients admitted to two 15-bed acute-care wards. Patients with C. difficile infection… CONTINUE READING