HSN Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile) Rates

Each month, you will find C. difficile infection rates for Health Sciences North posted on our website as required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Included in the table is data on the number of new hospital acquired cases and the rate for each month. To ensure patient confidentiality, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has advised hospitals that have between one and four cases in a month to report the number of cases as "less than 5".

Calculating Rates
The C. difficile infection rate is calculated as a rate per 1,000 patient days. The “total patient days” represents the sum of the number of days during which services were provided to all inpatients during the given time period.

The rate is calculated as follows:
Number of new hospital-acquired cases of C. difficile in our facility X 1000
Total number of patient days (for one month)

HSN Rates

Hospital Acquired C.difficile Cases & Rates per 1,000 Patient Days by HSN Site

October 2017

Ramsey Lake Health Centre
Cases: 8
Rate: 0.56

Sudbury Mental Health & Addictions Centre
Cases: 0
Rate: 0.00

Please refer to the questions and answers below for background information regarding C. difficile, or visit the Ministry website at www.ontario.ca/patientsafety.