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American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Fact of the Day - August 2014

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August 01, 2014

Mortality rates are up to 3.5 times higher in elderly patients with CDAD compared to younger patients. The strongest risk factor for CDAD in the elderly is antibiotic administration in the previous 6 weeks. Metronidazole is the treatment of choice for uncomplicated infections.

Heppner HJ, et al. "Infections in the Elderly." Crit Care Clin 2013; 29:757-774.