Healthcare Quality

Clostridioides difficile infections (CDI)

Clostridioides difficile (CDI), facility-wide, Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR)

About this data measure

  • CDI are infections that can occur as a side-effect of taking antibiotics. Symptoms of CDI include life-threatening diarrhea, fever, and nausea. (Source: CDC)
  • While Rhode Island’s CDI Standardized Infection Ratio improved since 2017, it is the lowest performing state for this indicator.

Measure Source: Medicare Care Compare

How to interpret the Standardized Infection Ratio:

- If the SIR > 1.0, then more infections were observed than predicted, based on the 2015 national aggregate data.

- If the SIR < 1.0, then fewer infections were observed than predicted, based on the 2015 national aggregate data.

- If the SIR= 1.0, then the same number of infections were observed as predicted, based on the 2015 national aggregate data.

Interpretation source: CDC, for more information, visit CDC's NHSN SIR Guide.

Clostridioides difficile infections (CDI) over time