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C. Diff Infection Doubles Chances of Hospital Readmission
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Inpatients diagnosed with Clostridium difficile infection, whether acquired in the community or during their hospital stays, were twice as likely to be readmitted within 30 days, according to an analysis of seven Detroit Medical Center health system hospitals.

“Compared with any other cause for readmissions, which totaled 14.4% of patients returning to the hospital within 30 days, 30.1% of patients previously diagnosed with C. diff were readmitted,” says Teena Chopra, MD, assistant professor at Wayne State University and director of infection control and antibiotic stewardship at DMC’s Harper University Hospital.