CDC: 29,000 die every year from C. diff. superbug

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 4, 2015

A new study from the CDC reveals that about 29,000 deaths were associated with the Clostridium difficile infection in hospitals, according to a report in the Palm Beach Post of Florida.

According to the report, released February 25 that was to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one out of every nine patients aged 65 or older who contracted the infection at a medical facility died within 30 days of diagnosis. CDC officials quoted in the report said preventing C. difficile “is a national priority.”

According the Post’s report, the CDC previously attributed 14,000 deaths per year to C. diff., compiled from 2007 death certificates. The report quoted a CDC spokeswoman, who said 15,000 people in the new study died directly from the infection, while the other 14,000 died from other causes while infected with C. diff.