AHRQ Electronic Newsletter January 27

AHRQ News and Numbers 

Hospital stays involving Clostridium difficile infections, which can cause severe diarrhea, colitis and even death, increased 300 percent between 1993 and 2008, but the number of hospital stays leveled off between 2008 and 2009.  There were 86,000 hospital stays involving C. difficile in 1993, increasing to 349,000 in 2008, but in 2009 there were about 337,000 stays.  [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HCUP, Statistical Brief #124: Clostridium difficile Infections (CDI) in Hospital Stays, 2009]

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