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Date: 24 September 2023

Time: 08:18

Clostridium difficile indicator

Percentage of patients who developed Clostridium difficile

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Rolling year to date (February 2019 – January 2020) 0.0%
Rolling 3 years (February 2017 – January 2020) 0.0%

Lower percentage indicates better performance.

Why is this indicator important?

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that can be found in the intestine of both healthy and ill people. When the levels of 'good' bacteria in the intestine are reduced, often through taking antibiotics, the C. diff bacteria can multiply resulting in inflammation of the bowel (colitis) which causes diarrhoea and can be severe.

C. diff infection can increase patients' length of stay in hospital, the likelihood of complications and affect the chances of a successful recovery.

How do we measure this indicator?

Percentage of patients admitted for first-time, isolated coronary artery bypass graft who have a positive C. diff sample (after 48-hours in hospital) anytime during their stay in hospital.

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