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Quebec increases funding to fight infections in hospitals

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:275
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The Quebec government has announced that it will increase funding for hospitals' infection control programmes by $C20m (£8.6m; $16.1m; €12.4m). Meanwhile preliminary findings have indicated that Clostridium difficile infections in the province's hospitals have dropped substantially from levels in last year's outbreak.

    The infection was said last June to have killed more Canadians than were killed by the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) (BMJ 2004;328:1457).

    Among 88 hospitals in the province, the median infection rate was 11.7 people per 10 000 hospital days from the end of …

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