Deaths involving Clostridium difficile, England and Wales, 2012

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
22 August 2013
Statistical bulletin
Health Services
Social welfare
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This bulletin presents the latest figures for deaths where Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection was mentioned on the death certificate by area, sex, age group and place of death, in England and Wales. The figures are for 2012 with figures for 1999 and 2001 to 2011 presented for comparison purposes.

In 2012 there were 1,646 deaths involving C. difficile infection in England and Wales, 407 fewer than in 2011 (2,053 deaths). Mortality rates for deaths involving C. difficile fell for the fifth consecutive year and decreased significantly from 19.6 to 15.3 deaths per million population between 2011 and 2012. The number of deaths involving C. difficile increases with age. During 2010–12 the mortality rate for people aged over 85 years was 818 and 810 per million for males and females respectively in England and Wales. Deaths involving C. difficile accounted for 0.8 per cent of all hospital deaths in England and Wales during 2010–12 compared with 2.0 per cent during 2007–09.