C. diff

You can help prevent the spread of C. difficile

C. difficile (C.diff) is the most frequently reported hospital-acquired pathogen, causing almost a half-million infections and directly leading to approximately 15,000 deaths in just one year. The majority of these deaths occur in Americans aged 65 or older. 

A recent CDC study estimates that only one-quarter of C.diff infections occur in hospitals. However, additional health care costs related to C.diff infections are estimated at $4.8 billion for acute care facilities alone. 

IHA is working with Indiana hospitals to curb C.diff infections by focusing on antimicrobial stewardship and preventing disease transmission. In fact, all IHA hospitals participating in HRET's HIIN hope to reduce the occurrence of C.diff by at least 20 percent by September 2018. 

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