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Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) (Leapfrog Group)

The descriptions for this measure come from source: www.leapfroggroup.org.  "Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and fever. Most C. diff cases occur in patients taking antibiotics, and fully killing the bacteria in an infected patient can be very difficult. C. diff can spread on contaminated equipment or by providers who fail to properly wash their hands between patients."

About this measure

A hospital fully meets standards if the number of C.diff infections that actually happened is less than or equal to the number of infections that were expected to happen at this hospital.

Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards

Note: In this case, a higher number is better.