C. Difficile Rates*

What is C-difficile?

Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile) is just one of the many types of bacteria that can be found in the environment and the intestines. For most people, it does not pose a health risk. However, C. difficile associated disease (CDAD) can sometimes occur when antibiotics are prescribed. Antibiotics work by killing off bacteria the bad bacteria but also good bacteria. This can allow the C. difficile bacteria to multiply, which may cause diarrhea and can damage the bowel.

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Number of new c-diff cases at the Toronto Grace Health Centre

Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Jun 2017 Jul 2017 Aug 2017 Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017
No of New C-diff Cases 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rates per 1000 patient days 0 0.63 0.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



* The C. difficile infection rate is calculated as a rate per 1,000 patient days. Patient number of days during which services were provided to all inpatients during the month.

The rate is calculated by the following formula:

The number fo new hospital acquired cases of c.difficile at the Grace
The total number of patient days ( for one month )