C. difficile wreaks havoc on hospitals, report finds
The number of cases during this period skyrocketed from 148,900 to 301,200. the report found. The death rate for infected patients was also significantly higher. From 1993 to 2001, the total number of hospital discharges with CDAD rose by 74%, from 85,700 to 148,900.
AHRQ tracked trends in the development of CDAD in hospitals from 1993 to 2005 through its Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. C.difficile-associated disease symptoms can range from mild diarrhea to sepsis.