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Failure of Risk-Adjustment by Test Method for C. difficile Laboratory-Identified Event Reporting

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 October 2016

Alexandre R. Marra
Affiliation:
Office of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa Division of Medical Practice, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Michael B. Edmond
Affiliation:
Office of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Bradley A. Ford
Affiliation:
Division of Medical Microbiology, Department of Pathology, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Loreen A. Herwaldt
Affiliation:
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Abdullah R. Algwizani
Affiliation:
Office of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
Daniel J. Diekema
Affiliation:
Office of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa Division of Medical Microbiology, Department of Pathology, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
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Abstract

Using an algorithm including both enzyme immunoassay (EIA) and nucleic acid amplification (NAAT) for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) diagnosis, we found that the use of NAAT versus EIA almost doubled our hospital-onset CDI laboratory-identified (LabID) event standardized infection ratio (SIR). We recommend that the current risk adjustment approach be modified.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016:1–3

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