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US makes little progress in reducing hospital infections, report says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 19 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2092
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Very little progress has been made in eliminating hospital acquired infections in the United States, and the incidence of some has actually risen, says a new federal report.

    The annual report of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, said that most worrying was the rate of postoperative sepsis, which rose by 8%. The number of cases of postoperative, catheter associated infection of the urinary tract rose by 3.6%, and some infections associated with medical care rose by 1.6%, while there was no change in infections associated with central venous catheters. Only the rate of postoperative pneumonia improved, falling by 12%.

    “Despite promising improvements in a …

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