Clostridioides Difficile Infection (C. diff)

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C. diff DashboardWhat is it?
Antibiotics can destroy bacteria within the body that protect against infection — often for several months. Most Clostridium difficile infections occur in patients taking prolonged antibiotics. C. difficile infection can either be community-acquired or hospital-acquired, and the bacteria can survive for an extended time outside of the body on hard surfaces, making risk for infection much higher.

Missouri hospitals are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to optimize appropriate stewardship of antibiotics. This includes ensuring medical necessity of the antibiotics and optimizing treatment based on evidence-based criteria and recommendations.

How's it measured?
The rate is per 10,000 patient days. A patient day is a unit in a system of accounting used by health care facilities and health care planners. Each day represents a unit of time during which the services of the institution or facility are used by a patient; thus, 50 patients in a hospital for one day would represent 50 patient days.

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Last updated July 2019.