11/25/12

No progress on hospital superbugs

There has been no progress stopping the spread of superbugs in Ontario hospitals according to government data.

Reported C. difficile rates are about the same as they have been, starting this past year at 0.35 cases per thousand patient days and ending it at the same level.    The annual average was also 0.35.

Month
Rate
Oct '11
0.35
Nov
0.32
Dec
0.36
Jan '12
0.35
Feb
0.38
Mar
0.37
Apr
0.31
May
0.32
Jun
0.34
Jul
0.38
Aug
0.32
Sep
0.35
Ave.
0.35

Similarly, C. difficile rates in the first year of public reporting (Aug 2008-July 2009) also averaged 0.35 per thousand patient days:

Month
Rate
Aug-08
0.39
Sep-08
0.44
Oct-08
0.39
Nov-08
0.35
Dec-08
0.35
Jan-09
0.36
Feb-09
0.35
Mar-09
0.39
Apr-09
0.32
May-09
0.32
Jun-09
0.29
Jul-09
0.27
Ave.
0.35


 For MRSA, the rates averaged 0.02 in every reporting period over the last year.  This is identical to the first year of reporting MRSA  (September 2008-September 2009).

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