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Hospital trusts are failing to monitor common infections

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 15 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5656
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

NHS acute care trusts in England are failing to monitor and assess the effects of several hospital acquired infections that pose a threat to patients, a new report has concluded.

Many trusts are ignorant of the full scale of hospital infections, says the report, published on 15 September by the Medical Technology Group, a coalition of patients’ groups, research charities, and medical device manufacturers.

The report includes findings from responses to a request made under freedom of information legislation to 160 acute care trusts, 76 of which replied, a 48% response rate.1 It warns that trusts have shown that there is worrying complacency over healthcare acquired …

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