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C. difficile Rates for Mount Sinai Hospital

What is C. difficile?

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) are bacteria that can be carried in the bowel without making people sick, but can also cause disease, sometimes serious disease. Common symptoms of C. difficile include diarrhea (loose stools), fever, and abdominal pain and cramps. Almost all C. difficile disease occurs in people who have recently taken antibiotics, are over 65 years of age and have a chronic underlying medical condition.

Mount Sinai Hospital has been conducting surveillance for C.difficile since 1997 and publishing the results on our hospital scorecard since FY 2004/05. Our most recent hospital-acquired C.difficile rates are below.


C. difficile Cases and Rates per 1,000 days

Month
FY
14/15
Sep.
FY
14/15
Oct.
FY
14/15
Aug.
FY
14/15
Jul.
FY
14/15
Jun.
FY
14/15
May
FY
14/15
Apr.
FY
14/15
Mar.
FY
14/15
Feb.
FY
14/15
Jan.
FY
13/14
Dec.
FY
13/14
Apr.
FY
13/14
May
FY
13/14
Jun.
FY
13/14
Jul.
FY
13/14
Aug.
FY
13/14
Sep.
FY
13/14
Oct.
FY
13/14
Nov.
Case
count
Less
than 5
0 Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 0
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
5 Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Less
than 5
Rate per
1000 days
0.21 0 0.46 0.11 0.35 0.31 0.45 0 0.23 0.32 0.56 0.32 0.42 0.23 0.11 0.11 0.35 0.33 0.11

 
Cases and rates for previous years are available here.
 

What are we doing to prevent C. difficile disease?

  • Hand hygiene program;
  • Mandatory annual staff education;
  • Surveillance to ensure early testing and identification of cases;
  • Programs to ensure appropriate management of cases, and the incorporation of new knowledge about best treatment;
  • Programs for patient management to reduce spread of infection such as the use of private room accommodation and additional precautions for care of the patient;
  • Ongoing education and monitoring of environmental cleaning practice in the hospital;
  • Participation in national surveillance and research.
     

 

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