National variability in surveillance, testing, and infection prevention for Clostridium difficile infection in pediatric populations

Larry K. Kociolek*, Thomas J. Sandora

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

To assess national variability in methods of identifying and preventing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in pediatric populations, an anonymous survey was sent to hospital epidemiologists at US children's hospitals. Data from 30 hospitals indicate substantial variability in surveillance, testing, and infection control strategies, which may limit reliable interfacility comparison of CDI rates. In addition, only 60% of respondents perform surveillance for community-associated CDI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)933-935
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume41
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

Keywords

  • Children
  • Epidemiology
  • Infection control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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