Hospital acquired infections could still be prevented

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.684b (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:684
  1. Richard Bendall,
  2. Armando Gonzalez-Ruiz,
  3. Michael Kelsey
  1. Consultant medical microbiologist Truro Public Health Laboratory, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3LQ
  2. Clinical lecturer in medical microbiology Consultant medical microbiologist Whittington Hospital, London N19 5NF

    EDITOR,—P J Sanderson correctly states that many local hospital acquired infections arise because of interventions such as urinary catheterisation or tracheal intubation and infers that infection rates reflect the number of patients subjected to these procedures. Sanderson concludes that these infections are inevitable and not so amenable to conventional infection control. We have a wider view of the role of infection control in reducing hospital acquired infection.

    Firstly, infection control is not simply a matter of preventing cross infection. Promoting good practice, …

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