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Kamboj M, Brite J, Aslam A, Kennington J, Babady NE, Calfee D, Furuya Y, Chen D, Augenbraun M, Ostrowsky B, Patel G, Mircescu M, Kak V, Tuma R, Karre TA, Fry DA, Duhaney YP, Moyer A, Mitchell D, Cantu S, Hsieh C, Warren N, Martin S, Willson J, Dickman J, Knight J, Delahanty K, Flood A, Harrington J, Korenstein D, Eagan J, Sepkowitz K
Artificial differences in clostridium difficile infection rates associated with disparity in testing
Emerg Infect Dis (2018) 24:584-587.
Abstract
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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Publication Date: 2018-03-01.
PMCID: PMC5823336
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