Surveillance for Clostridium difficile Infection: ICD-9 Coding Has Poor Sensitivity Compared to Laboratory Diagnosis in Hospital Patients, Singapore

@inproceedings{Chan2011SurveillanceFC,
  title={Surveillance for Clostridium difficile Infection: ICD-9 Coding Has Poor Sensitivity Compared to Laboratory Diagnosis in Hospital Patients, Singapore},
  author={Monica Chan and Poh Lian Lim and Angela Li-Ping Chow and Mar Kyaw Win and Timothy Mark Sebastian Barkham},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
INTRODUCTION Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is an increasingly recognized nosocomial infection in Singapore. Surveillance methods include laboratory reporting of Clostridium difficile toxin assays (CDTA) or use of International Classification of Diseases, 9(th) Revision (ICD-9) discharge code 008.45. Previous US studies showed good correlation between CDTA and ICD-9 codes. However, the use of ICD-9 codes for CDI surveillance has not been validated in other healthcare settings. METHODS… CONTINUE READING