In this large case control study of patients who developed Cdiff infection associated with antibiotics, the risk of developing Cdiff was 7 times higher than baseline in the month after antibiotic use, but was still 3 times higher than baseline in the 2nd and 3rd month after cessation of antibiotics. The risk of Cdiff persists long after antibiotics have ceased (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.