Dramatic Rise in Hospital Visits for C. difficile

January 2, 2013

HAIs in the News: Infectious Disease Special Edition, check December 2012

The December 2012 issue of Infectious Disease Special Edition draws attention to the dramatic rise in hospital visits for Clostridium difficile infections by discussing a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Despite efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and antimicrobial stewardship programs to combat Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs), story the national rate of hospitalizations related to these infections is projected to more than double from 2001 to 2012, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

“It has been known that C. difficile hospitalizations are increasing,” said the report’s lead author, Claudia Steiner, MD, MPH, senior research physician at AHRQ, in Rockville, Md. “One thing our report adds is data that projects out to 2011 and 2012. Often health care data is behind by a couple of years.”

From 2001 to 2010, the national rate of C. difficile hospitalizations per 1,000 nonmaternal adult discharges rose from about 5.6 to 11.5. The projected rate climbed to 12.5 in 2011 and is projected to climb to 12.8 in 2012.

Source: Infectious Disease Special Edition

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