Clostridium: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of community-acquired c-difficile infections require hospitalisation.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Public Health England (PHE) does not collect data on community-acquired Clostridium difficile infections (CDI). However, PHE collects data on community-onset CDI. Community-onset CDI are those cases occurring without or within two days of a hospital admission.

In approximately half of the community-onset CDI cases (50.1% or 3,706/399 cases), the patient was either admitted to hospital at the time of the first positive sample or admitted shortly afterwards.

It should be noted that this information is in part reliant on completion of an optional data field and therefore ascertainment may not be optimal. PHE does not collect information on the reasons of the patient being admitted to the hospital. Therefore, in some cases the admission to hospital may have been for other reasons than the CDI.

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