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Reduction in Clostridium difficile Infections among Neurosurgical Patients Associated with Discontinuation of Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for the Duration of External Ventricular Drain Placement

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2016

Timothy H. Dellit*
Affiliation:
Department of Infection Control, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Jeannie D. Chan
Affiliation:
Department of Infection Control, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Charlotte Fulton
Affiliation:
Department of Infection Control, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Ronald F. Pergamit
Affiliation:
Department of Infection Control, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Elizabeth A. McNamara
Affiliation:
Department of Infection Control, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Louis J. Kim
Affiliation:
Department of Neurological Surgery, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Richard G. Ellenbogen
Affiliation:
Department of Neurological Surgery, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
John B. Lynch
Affiliation:
Department of Infection Control, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
*
Harborview Medical Center, 325 9th Avenue, Box 359778, Seattle, WA 98104 (thdellit@u.washington.edu)

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