Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common and sometimes fatal healthcare–associated infection; the incidence, deaths, and excess health-care costs resulting from CDIs in hospitalized patients are all at historic highs. Meanwhile, the contribution of nonhospital health-care exposures to the overall burden of CDI, and the ability of programs to prevent CDIs by implementing CDC recommendations across a range of hospitals have not been demonstrated previously.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking and reporting national progress toward preventing C. difficile infections in many types of healthcare facilities. The CDC provides guidelines, resources and tools to the community to help the public safeguard their health. These programs help track the size of the problem, antibiotics used, and people at risk.