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Table 1 Characteristics of the 100 included patients in the prospective cohort study

From: Low frequency of asymptomatic carriage of toxigenic Clostridium difficile in an acute care geriatric hospital: prospective cohort study in Switzerland

Variable No stool samples n = 5 No TCD colonization n = 93 TCD asymptomatic carriers n = 2*
Male sex 2 21 (23) 1
Age, median years (IQR) 82 (81–83) 85 (80–90) 82/81
Charlson comorbidity index, median (IQR) 8 (5–9) 6 (5–8) 4/6
Medication in the 90 days prior to admission:    
 Antibiotic therapy 1 33 (35) 2
 Proton pump inhibitors 3 38 (41) 0
 Corticotherapy (>25 mg/day) 0 2 (2) 1
Diagnosis of CDI in previous year 0 1 (1) 0
Hospital stay in previous year 4 57 (61) 2
Hospital stay in previous 90 days 3 41 (44) 2
Length of last hospital stay, median days (IQR) 27 (15–37) 16 (5–25) 124/5
Origin at ward admission:    
 Home 4 76 (82) 1
 LTCF 1 6 (6) 0
 Transferred from another ward 0 11 (12) 1
Length of current ward stay in days, median (IQR) 10 (9–14) 24 (14–37) 30/29
Antibiotic therapy during ward stay 2 36 (39) 2
  1. Values are n (%) or as indicated
  2. *Because these data concern only two patients, we decided to specify the values for continuous or categorical variables and to not state p values
  3. CDI Clostridium difficile infection
  4. IQR inter quartile range
  5. LTCF long-term care facilities
  6. TCD toxigenic Clostridium difficile