Dentists, antibiotics and Clostridium difficile-associated disease

Beacher, N., Sweeney, M.P. and Bagg, J. (2015) Dentists, antibiotics and Clostridium difficile-associated disease. British Dental Journal, 219(6), pp. 275-279. (doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.720) (PMID:26404991)

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Dentists prescribe significant volumes of antimicrobial drugs within primary care settings. There is good evidence that many of the prescriptions are not justified by current clinical guidance and that that there is considerable misuse of these drugs in dentistry. One of the risks associated with antibiotic administration is Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD), an entity of which many healthcare workers, including dentists, have little knowledge or understanding. This review seeks to identify the extent and nature of the problem and provides an up to date summary of current views on CDAD, with particular reference to community acquired disease. As for all healthcare workers, scrupulous attention to standard infection control procedures and reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing are essential to reduce the risks of CDAD, prevent emergence of further resistant strains of microorganisms and maintain the value of the arsenal of antibiotics currently available to us.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Beacher, Mr Nicholas and Bagg, Professor Jeremy and Sweeney, Dr Petrina
Authors: Beacher, N., Sweeney, M.P., and Bagg, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:British Dental Journal
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group for the British Dental Association
ISSN (Online):1476-5373

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