Steady increases in the rate and severity of Clostridium difficile infection, a health care-acquired infection affecting the colon, indicate a clear need to conduct longitudinal assessments of the impact of the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consequently, CDC wants to collect up to 8,750 CDI Surveillance Report Forms from infection surveillance professionals during a one-year period, according to a notice published Aug. 31 in the Federal Register. Half of the reporting will involve fully completing the surveillance forms, which takes about an hour, according to CDC. The other half of reporting will consist of partially completing the forms, a 15-minute task.

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