Burden of clostridium difficile on the healthcare system

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There are few high-quality studies of the costs of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), and the majority of studies focus on the costs of CDI in acute-care facilities. Analysis of the best available data, from 2008, indicates that CDI may have resulted in $4.8 billion in excess costs in US acute-care facilities. Other areas of CDI-attributable excess costs that need to be investigated are costs of increased discharges to long-term care facilities, of CDI with onset in long-term care facilities, of recurrent CDI, and of additional adverse events caused by CDI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S88-S92
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue numberSUPPL.2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012


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