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March 2012
Patient Care and Science
C. difficile Infections Growing Threat Across Medical Settings

Infections from C. difficile are a growing threat to patient safety across different medical settings, not just hospitals, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Ninety-four percent of such infections are related to medical care, the CDC report found. About 25 percent of C. difficile infections (CDI) first show symptoms in hospital patients; 75 percent first show in nursing home patients or in people recently cared for in doctor’s offices and clinics. CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog has more on the report and its clinical implications, as does CDC’s website.

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