Artificial Differences in Clostridium difficile Infection Rates Associated with Disparity in Testing.
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.
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Kamboj, M., Brite, J., Aslam, A., Kennington, J., Babady, N. E., Calfee, D., & ... Sepkowitz, K. (2018). Artificial Differences in Clostridium difficile Infection Rates Associated with Disparity in Testing. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 24(3), 584-587. doi:10.3201/eid2403.170961
Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty