Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Concise Communication

Comparison of the Burdens of Hospital-Onset, Healthcare Facility-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection and of Healthcare-Associated Infection due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Community Hospitals

Becky A. Millera1 c1, Luke F. Chena1, Daniel J. Sextona1 and Deverick J. Andersona1

a1 Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

Abstract

We sought to determine the burden of nosocomial Clostridium difficile infection in comparison to other healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in community hospitals participating in an infection control network. Our data suggest that C. difficilehas replaced MRSA as the most common etiology of HAI in community hospitals in the southeastern United States.

(Received August 14 2010)

(Accepted October 28 2010)

Correspondence

c1 Box 102359, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 (becky.miller@duke.edu)