December 14, 2015
Patients with Clostridium difficile infections cost more to treat, have longer hospital stays and are more frequently readmitted than those who don't, a new study suggests. The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, looked at roughly 171,500 patient discharges from approximately 5,000 U.S. hospitals. Researchers found that C. diff. increased hospitals' cost per case by 40%, or an average of $7,285. They also discovered that C. diff. patients had a 55% longer length of stay and were 77% more likely to be readmitted within 30 days.