C. diff infection raises hospital costs by 40 percent per case Last Updated: January 20, 2016
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HealthLeaders Media: It can be difficult to quantify the exact economic burden of C. diff on hospitals and the health system as a whole. But a recent study puts a dollar amount on the cost of C. diff, that number is not only big, but also likely underestimated. Published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the study found that C. diff-associated diarrhea (CDAD) increases hospital costs by 40% per case and puts those infected at high risk for longer hospital stays and readmissions. Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of inpatient hospital data, examining 171,586 eligible discharges from between January 2009 and December 2011 from approximately 500 U.S. hospitals in the Premier Healthcare Database.

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