C. Difficile Infections Could Lengthen Hospital Stays by 6 Days

Written by Jaimie Oh | December 06, 2011 | Print  |

Patients infected with C. difficile may experience increased length of hospital stays, according to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

 

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For their study, researchers conducted a retrospective observational study of hospital admissions occurring between July 1, 2002-March 31, 2009 at one hospital. Using Kaplan-Meier methods and a Cox multivariable proportional hazards regression model, they measured possible links between hospital-acquired C. difficile and length of stay. Their analysis showed patients with hospital-acquired C. difficile experienced a median length of stay six days longer than patients who did not acquire the infection.

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