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Studies Show Significant Increases of C. Difficile Infections (CDI)
Date:3/18/2010

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority data shows almost 40 percent of gastrointestinal infections in nursing home patients are CDI related and bloodstream infection risk reduction strategies in PA health facilities are questioned

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) are quickly becoming a significant issue in healthcare based upon recent studies. Preliminary data collected from nursing homes and highlighted in a Supplementary Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory shows that almost 40 percent of gastrointestinal infections reported are CDIs.

"Our first look at infection data submitted from Pennsylvania nursing homes confirms what prior studies have found in hospitals -- C. diff infections are a real problem in healthcare institutions," Mike Doering, executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "Elderly patients are particularly at risk because of their age and their use of hospitals and nursing homes where the infection can spread more easily."

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project showed that from 1993 to 2001 hospital discharges with CDI incre
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