Clostridioides difficile infection reports
Technical and Snapshot reports on monitoring and reducing the prevalence of Clostridioides difficile* infection (CDI) in Australian health service organisations.
Clostridioides difficile is an anaerobic, spore-forming, gram-positive bacterium typically associated with gastrointestinal disease. This bacterium is ubiquitous in the natural environment as well as in healthcare environments, where there is potential for it to be spread between individuals through direct or indirect contact. C. difficile infection (CDI) is often linked to prolonged and unnecessary use of antimicrobial therapy.
* Clostridioides difficile may also be known as Clostridium difficile
The reports below describe a model developed by the Commission to improve management and control of C. difficile in Australian health service organisations and a mechanism to determine and monitor the national prevalence of CDI.
The Commission produces an annual snapshot report on the national prevalence of CDI in order to monitor changes in its epidemiology.