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

Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017
No of New C-diff Cases <5 <5 <5 0 <5 <5 0 <5 <10 0 0 0
Rates per 1000 patient days 0.30 0.31 0.30 0 0.30 0.62 0 0.29 2.10 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 )


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