Title

Artificial differences in Clostridium difficile infection rates associated with disparity in testing.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2018

Publication Title

Emerg Infect Dis

Abstract

In 2015, Clostridium difficile testing rates among 30 US community, multispecialty, and cancer hospitals were 14.0, 16.3, and 33.9/1,000 patient-days, respectively. Pooled hospital onset rates were 0.56, 0.84, and 1.57/1,000 patient-days, respectively. Higher testing rates may artificially inflate reported rates of C. difficile infection. C. difficile surveillance should consider testing frequency.

Medical Subject Headings

Bacteriological Techniques; Clostridium Infections; Clostridium difficile; Health Status Disparities; Hospitalization; Hospitals; Humans; Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques; Public Health Surveillance

PubMed ID

29460760

Volume

24

Issue

3

First Page

584

Last Page

587

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