C. diff Not Being Battled Effectively, But Small Changes Make Big Difference

August 22, 2012 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Clostridium difficile is not being fought effectively in the healthcare environment, concludes an August 2012 USA Today investigation. Though Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that C. diff kills 14,000 people a year, USA Today highlights an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality analysis of hospital billing data that estimates nearly 30,000 C. diff-related deaths out of about 350,000 C. diff-related hospitalizations in 2010—a rate of nearly 9%.

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