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Unnecessary Antimicrobial Use in the Context of Clostridium difficile Infection: A Call to Arms for the Veterans Affairs Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force

  • Christopher J. Graber (a1), Karl Madaras-Kelly (a2), Makoto M. Jones (a3), Melinda M. Neuhauser (a4) and Matthew Bidwell Goetz (a1)...
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Infectious Diseases Section, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, 111-F, Los Angeles, CA 90073 (Christopher.graber@va.gov)

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4.Petzel, RA. Undersecretary for Health's information letter: antimicrobial stewardship, http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID = 2769. Published 2012. Accessed January 10, 2013.
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