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C. difficile Infection

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and fever. Most C. diff cases occur in patients taking antibiotics and  killing the bacteria in an infected patient can be very difficult. C. diff can spread on contaminated equipment or by providers who fail to properly wash their hands between patients. Hospitals report C. diff cases to the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and give Leapfrog permission to obtain that information directly from NHSN.


Reporting Period 

  • 04/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 - 09/30/2020

Patients Included in the Measure

  • Inpatients (Patients who are admitted to the hospital for at least one overnight stay)

  • Adults and Children