Principal Investigator at Loma Linda University Medical Center for study entitled "The Epidemiology, Severity and Risk Factors Related to Clostridium difficile-associated Disease and Clostridium difficile Colitis." ( 1/2009 - 9/2009 )
Co-investigators: Mohammed Jaber, M.D., Snorri Olafsson, M.D., Vernon Smith
We hope to:
1) To determine the incidence, risk factors, severity, and outcome of Clostridium difficile associated disease.
2) To determine the risk factors (including specific antibiotic use) that are associated with a subgroup of patients who develop severe disease requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission or prolongation of ICU stay.
3) To characterize those patients who underwent colectomy and those who died.