HPS Publications

You are in: Skip Navigation LinksHPS Home | HPS Publications | Publication Detail

HPS Publications

Quarterly Surveillance Report on the Surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Scotland 03 Oct 2013

News

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 recent 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 has now 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.

Latest quarterly report

The Quarterly Surveillance Report on the Surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Scotland is published as part of the HPS Weekly Report.

Methods and caveats

Methods and caveats for the quarterly report for the surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Scotland have been documented for the latest quarterly report:

Archive of quarterly reports

The Quarterly Surveillance Report on the Surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Scotland is published as part of the HPS Weekly Report.

Publisher(s)
  • Health Protection Scotland
Last Updated : 29/08/2017