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Preventable infections are out of control in Canadian hospitals

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7494.748 (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:748
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canadian hospitals are failing to control infections resistant to antibiotics. These kill 8000 patients and cost healthcare systems at least $C100m (£40m; $80m; €63m) a year. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in a news investigation, has said that the incidence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has increased 10-fold in less than a decade (www.cbc.ca/news, 21 March). It also said that since 2003 Clostridium difficile has killed more than 600 people in Quebec province alone.

    If cases of …

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