Clostridium difficile Colitis: Factors Associated with Outcome and Assessment of Mortality at a National Level

@article{Stewart2011ClostridiumDC,
  title={Clostridium difficile Colitis: Factors Associated with Outcome and Assessment of Mortality at a National Level},
  author={David Bartholomew Stewart and Christopher S Hollenbeak},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={15},
  pages={1548-1555}
}
Previous descriptions of Clostridium difficile colitis (CDC) epidemics may overestimate cost and mortality of CDC. An analysis of the 2007 Nationwide Inpatient Sample was performed. Patients with CDC (N = 41,207) were compared to a propensity score-matched cohort of patients without CDC. Average length of stay was longer for CDC patients by 5 days (p < 0.001). Mortality was higher for the CDC cohort (9.4% vs. 8.6%; p < 0.001) though the absolute difference was small. Mean hospital costs were 56… CONTINUE READING
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