Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP)

You are in: Skip Navigation LinksHPS Home | HAI & Infection Control | SSHAIP | Quarterly Surveillance Report on the Surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Scotland
Navigation:

SSHAIP

Quarterly Surveillance Report on the Surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Scotland

Prior to 07 July 2015, Quarterly Surveillance Report on the Surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Scotland was published as part of the HPS Weekly Report.

CDI incidence rates - effect of change of denominator

The CDI surveillance programme is the only hospital associated infection surveillance programme in Scotland to include patients in both acute and non-acute settings. During a review of the methodology for calculating incidence for this programme it was identified that there has been a double-counting of the Geriatric Medicine hospital activity data (occupied bed days).

HPS revised all historical CDI incidence rates going back to the beginning of mandatory surveillance in October 2006 up to March 2013 to correct this. Our assessment is that the large and sustained decreases observed in Scottish CDI incidence rate in patients since 2008 remains unchanged. The total number of CDI cases, the burden of disease reported in the population aged ≥65 years and the trends for CDI in Scotland are also unchanged. There is no public health impact identified as a result of these changes.

Archive