Accuracy of ICD-10 Codes for Surveillance of Clostridium difficile Infections, France - Vol. 18 No. 6 - June 2012 - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC
Volume 18, Number 6—June 2012
Accuracy of ICD-10 Codes for Surveillance of Clostridium difficile Infections, France
Gabrielle Jones , Namik Taright, Pierre Yves Boelle, Jeanne Marty, Valérie Lalande, Catherine Eckert, and Frédéric BarbutSuggested citation for this article
Clostridium difficile causes 15%–25% of diarrhea after antimicrobial drug therapy and is the leading cause of nosocomial diarrhea in adults (1). Studies in the United States, Canada, and Europe have documented the increased rate and severity of C. difficile infections highlighting the need for efficient and accurate methods of surveillance (2–7). The use of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for surveillance of C. difficile infections has been studied in the United States and in Singapore and showed discordant results (8–12). Our objective was to compare the sensitivity and specificity of surveillance for C. difficile infections on the basis of ICD, 10th revision (ICD-10), codes with surveillance based on laboratory results.