Clostridium Difficile (C.difficile) Infection Reporting and Reduction
Preventing clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and improving antibiotic prescribing could enhance the quality of care and life for residents in New York State (NYS) nursing homes and conceivably save lives from drug-resistant infections. Studies have shown that long term care (LTC) residents are at higher risk of acquiring C. difficile infection from referring hospitals and transitions of care. Hence, it is reasonable to assume that CDI manifestation in a LTCF is correlated with the CDI in hospitals where most residents receive care. According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 100,000 Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) develop among residents of U.S. nursing homes each year; 1 out of every three infections occurs in residents 65 years or older; and more than 80% of deaths associated with CDI occur among Americans aged 65 or older. As such, the significance of addressing CDI reporting and reduction has come to the forefront of the nursing home industry.
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