European Commission urges governments to reduce hospital acquired infections

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3059
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European Commission sent a series of recommendations on 15 December to national governments in a bid to improve the safety of patients and to reduce the millions of hospital acquired infections each year.

    The Stockholm based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says that one in 20 hospital patients in Europe—some four million people—become infected while in hospital. Such infections are estimated to be the direct cause of 37 000 deaths annually and to be a contributory factor in a further 110 000.

    Besides common micro-organisms such as the resistant strain …

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