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AHRQ: C. diff hospitalizations are up

The number of patients hospitalized for Clostridium difficile infections likely doubled between 2001 and 2012, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says. Researchers found regional differences in hospitalizations, possibly due to differences in antibiotics usage, diagnosing and coding, or hospitalization thresholds. The study included only small, community hospitals and results might underestimate national C. diff hospitalization rates, experts said. Anesthesiology News (free registration) (11/2012)

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