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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 22 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2233

Surgeons call for limit on bed occupancy to reduce infections: Hospital bed occupancy should not exceed 82%, and there should be enough staff on wards so that patients with infections can be cared for in isolation beds, says a paper on hospital acquired infections from the Royal College of Surgeons of England ( The paper calls on the government to publish infection rates on a unit by unit basis rather than at NHS trust level so that individual wards with problems can be isolated.

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