Distinguishing community-associated from hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infections in children: Implications for public health surveillance

Sarah Tschudin-Sutter, Pranita Tamma, April N. Naegeli, Kathleen A. Speck, Aaron Milstone, Trish M. Perl

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Background. Children are increasingly recognized as being at risk for C. difficile infection (CDI), even without prior exposure to antibiotics or the healthcare environment. We aimed to distinguish risk factors, clinical course, and outcomes between healthcare facility-associated (HA) and community-associated (CA) CDI.Methods. This was a retrospective, observational cohort study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, Maryland. All inpatients, aged ≥1 year, hospitalized from July 2003 to July 2012 and diagnosed with CDI based on clinical characteristics and confirmatory laboratory testing were included. The main outcome was CDI, categorized as HA-CDI, CA-CDI, and "indeterminate" (classified as disease onset in the community, 4-12 weeks from hospital discharge).Results. Two hundred two pediatric inpatients were diagnosed with CDI, of whom 38 had CA-CDI, 144 had HA-CDI, and 20 had indeterminate CDI. Children with indeterminate CDI had baseline characteristics similar to those identified for HA-CDI. Children hospitalized with CA-CDI were less likely to have comorbidities (odds ratio [OR], 0.14; 95% confidence interval [CI],. 03-.65; P =. 013), to have been exposed to antibiotics (OR, 0.17; 95% CI,. 07-.44; P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1665-1672
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume57
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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Public Health Surveillance
Clostridium Infections
Clostridium difficile
Community Hospital
Delivery of Health Care
Inpatients
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Baltimore
Hospitalized Child

Keywords

  • CDI
  • children
  • community-associated C. difficile infection
  • hospital-associated C. difficile infection
  • recurrence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)

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Distinguishing community-associated from hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infections in children : Implications for public health surveillance. / Tschudin-Sutter, Sarah; Tamma, Pranita; Naegeli, April N.; Speck, Kathleen A.; Milstone, Aaron; Perl, Trish M.

In: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 57, No. 12, 12.2013, p. 1665-1672.

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