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US hospitals make progress against healthcare associated infections

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1352 (Published 04 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1352
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

US hospitals have made progress in preventing healthcare associated infections, but such infections remain common and are often caused by difficult to treat, antibiotic resistant organisms, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found.1

Researchers compared the number of infections reported in 2014 with a predicted number of infections based on historical baselines established over several years for central line associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, catheter associated urinary tract infections, and Clostridium difficile infections. The study was reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and …

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