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Ontario hospitals begin posting C. diff rates

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, September 30, 2008

On October 3, 2008, Ontario hospitals will begin posting infection rates of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) as part of a new government requirement, reports The Canadian Press.

Ontario's 157 hospitals are required to publicly report the infection rate for August and monthly thereafter, but do not have to submit the number of deaths related to infection.

By the end of the year, the hospitals will also have to report on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci.

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