Mrs Brown is an 80 year old lady admitted from a residential home. She has had two days of profuse watery diarrhoea and her carers report she has not been eating or drinking much and generally not herself. She finished a 5 day course of cefalexin for UTI yesterday.


Answer one question before attending the face-to-face teaching session. Add comments to answers already given if you think it's appropriate. The first part of teaching will be spent discussing this case.

  1. What is the likely diagnosis?

  2. List 5 risk factors for developing C.difficile?

  3. Which antibiotics are most associated with developing C.difficile?

  4. How is C difficile infection diagnosed?

  5. What kind of organism is C.difficile and how does it cause diarrhoea?

  6. How will you manage Mrs Brown? What will you prescribe?

  7. What general infection control measures do you know to prevent healthcare associated infections?