Usual opioid dosing does not adversely affect the course of healthcare-associated Clostridioides difficile infection.
Aim: We sought to determine if opioid exposure may have a detrimental effect on the course of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI). Materials & methods: We compared opioid exposure in patients with well-defined severe CDI and non-severe CDI. Results: Following exclusions, 403 records were reviewed. Of this group, 128/403 (31.7%) were determined to have severe CDI by strict criteria, and 275/403 (68.3%) were found to have non-severe CDI. Full multivariate regression and reduced model of potential predictors for severe CDI showed no association with opioids prescribed. Conclusion: Opioid exposure (predominantly in modest range) does not appear to be a risk factor for severe healthcare-associated CDI.