WASHINGTON — Recent studies show that previous estimates of Clostridium difficile
) infections in U.S. hospitals were low and that C. diff
is much more prevalent than researchers once believed, according to the American Journal of Infection Control
According to the study, which queried personnel at 648 hospitals, or approximately 12.5 percent of all U.S. health care facilities, the overall C. diff prevalence rate was 13.1 per 1000 patients, the story stated.
Given that only 12.5 percent of health care facilities were questioned in the study, these estimates are conservative and actual C. diff infection rates could be much higher, the story added.
According to the study, 82 percent of health care facilities reported that their Clostridium difficile infection rate had not decreased in the past three years.
To view a state-by-state breakdown of C. diff
infection rates, click here