October 9, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Rates for Clostridium difficile infections declined significantly among hospitalized pediatric patients after implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program, according to data presented at IDWeek 2015.
“Hospitalized children were three times less likely to become sick with Clostridium difficile, a serious bacterial infection that can occur after prolonged antibiotic use, following implementation of a physician-led antibiotic stewardship program,” Jean Wiedeman, MD, PhD, of the department of pediatrics at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “These programs reduce the misuse of antibiotics and therefore C. diff, and also result in antibiotic cost savings. By reducing antibiotic use, the hospital saved 20 percent in antimicrobial costs after the program was implemented.”