Healthcare associated infections
Clostridium difficile infection (C difficile) and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are bacterial infections which commonly affect people in hospitals and nursing homes. These have become a marker for healthcare acquired infections.
'Total’ refers to all toxin positive results for C difficile that are detected by the trust whose laboratory processes the specimen. It is important to note that this does not necessarily imply that the infection was acquired there.
'Trust apportioned’ refers to C difficile infections that are likely to be an infection acquired at the trust I (for patients aged 2 years and over) if the following rules are met: the location where the specimen was taken is given as 'acute trust' or is not known; the patient was either an 'in-patient', 'day-patient', in 'emergency assessment' or is not known; patient's specimen date is on, or after, the fourth day after admission (or admission date is null), where the day of admission is day 1.