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Medical News & Perspectives
April 4, 2012

Study: Vast Majority of C difficile Infections Occur in Medical Settings

JAMA. 2012;307(13):1356. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.380

Most Clostridium difficile infections, often assumed to be community acquired, actually occur in medical settings, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In fact, 94% of the potentially fatal infections are in people who recently received care in facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, physicians' offices, and outpatient surgical centers. To stem the rising tide of C difficile infections, CDC officials say hospitals and other health care settings need greater adherence to infection control practices and improved communication to notify each other whenever they transfer an infected patient.