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Feedback is necessary in strategies to reduce hospital acquired infection

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:302
  1. Sheldon Stone, senior lecturer (,
  2. Christopher Kibbler, consultant, department of medical microbiology,
  3. Anne How, infection control nurse, department of medical microbiology,
  4. Anita Balestrini, principal pharmacist, department of pharmacy
  1. Academic Department of Geriatric Medicine, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London NW3 2PF
  2. Royal Free NHS Trust (Hampstead), London NW3 2QG

    EDITOR—The National Audit Office's report about hospital acquired infection in England emphasises the role of improved surveillance and involvement of clinicians in control of hospital acquired infection. 1 2 The executive summary states that surveillance and feedback to clinicians are central to reducing infection rates and recommends that senior clinicians are encouraged to accept greater ownership for control of hospital acquired infection. This relates strongly to risk management and clinical governance, and the audit office calls for development of the evidence base and dissemination of information …

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