C. diff infection
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 or having recently taken antibiotics, and fully killing the bacteria in an infected patient can be very difficult. C. diff can spread via contaminated equipment or by providers who fail to properly wash their hands between patients.
This number represents a comparison of the number of infections that actually happened at this hospital to the number of infections expected for this hospital, given the number of patients they care for on a daily basis and how widespread C. diff infection is in their local community. A number lower than one means fewer infections than expected; a number more than one means more infections than expected. For details on sources, click here.
* The standardized infection ratio (SIR) includes some data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic.