How UTSW Ensures Patient Safety – Clostridium difficile (C.diff.) Infections

Why Is This Important?

Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that causes an intestinal infection that can result in severe diarrhea. It is generally seen in patients who have received antibiotics for another infection. It is usually spread from an infected patient to another patient by close contact or poor hand hygiene by health care workers. C. diff. is a growing problem in hospitals and other health care facilities and can require special antibiotic treatment, and if not controlled, may cause death.

Clostridium difficile Infections

Clostridium difficile (C.diff.) infections

What Does This Graph Show?

This graph shows the rate of UT Southwestern compared to U.S. hospitals. A lower composite is better for this metric. We believe this number is too high. UTSW University Hospital has a performance improvement project underway to prevent this infection.