Study: Only 60% of Hospitals Tracked Community-Associated C. diff

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Hospitals vary greatly in their use of surveillance, testing and infection control strategies for Clostridium difficile, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers surveyed hospital epidemiologists at 30 children's hospitals and found significant variability in identifying and preventing C. diff. Furthermore, only 60 percent of respondents conducted surveillance for community-associated C. diff infection.

The authors suggest that the wide variability may hinder comparisons of C. diff infection rates between hospitals.

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