Clostridium difficile Progress Lags Other Infection-Control Goals

December 31, 2012

HAIs in the News: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, December 28, 2012

Preliminary data from CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) presented at a Washington, D.C. November conference indicate a 28% increase in Clostridium difficile rates during the first half of 2012 as compared to infections reported in 2010-2011.

At first glance, data unveiled in Washington, D.C., during a November 27 conference on health care-associated infections indicate that C. difficile infection rates in hospitals may be rising after what appeared to be a leveling off a year ago.

Paul Malpiedi, health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said “very, very preliminary” data indicate a 28% increase during the first half of 2012 in the number of patients infected with C. difficile while hospitalized, compared with infections reported 2010–11.

Source: American Society of Health-Ssytem Pharmacists

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