Infectious Diarrhea

Antibiotics are only required in special circumstances.

Focus on rehydration and electrolyte replacement for bacterial infectious diarrhea.

Stool cultures are not routinely recommended for hospital-onset diarrhea. (1)

Order Contact Precautions for patients with suspected infectious diarrhea.

  • Food exposure

  • Fever

  • Sick contacts

  • Travel

  • Bloody diarrhea

  • Tenesmus

  • Animal exposures

  • Occupation

  • Water source

  • Sexual history

  • Recent antibiotic use

  • Immunocompromised state

(1) Clin Microbiol. 1997;35(6):1427.

(2) Clinical Infectious Diseases 2001; 32-331-50.

(3) N Engl J Med 2014;370:1532-40

(4) Infectious Diarrhea - Guideline for Ordering Stool Specimens in British Columbia @ BCGuidelines.ca