WHAT IS A CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE?
C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) is a common bacterium that is found in the environment and is one of the many types of bacteria that can be found in stool (bowel movement). It does not actually originate in hospitals, but is more frequently present in the stool of some hospitalized patients. C. difficile infections (CDI) sometimes occur when antibiotics are prescribed and can spread when individuals come into contact with objects contaminated with fecal bacteria. C. difficile is most commonly spread by person-to-person contact.
WHAT IS BEING MEASURED?
This measure is calculated by tracking the number of hospital acquired CDI cases that meet a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) definition relative to the number of days patients are in hospital.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Safe and effective care is a top priority to ensure positive outcomes for patients at Temiskaming Hospital. We monitor this indicator monthly and remains focused on maintaining low rates.
WHAT IS THE TARGET?
Temiskaming Hospital aims to have no incidence of CDI.
HOW ARE WE DOING?
|Number of new cases
|C. difficile Rate
**Per 1,000 Patient Days
To learn more about the clostridium difficile, please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.