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Hospital-associated infections are costly. Their identification and treatment prolong hospitalization and they can result in permanent functional impairment or death. A definite, but imprecisely defined proportion are preventable. Accordingly, many hospitals, either independently or in response to regulations from various agencies, have appointed committees to oversee a program in infection control. The goals include detection and prevention and the leaders are the hospital epidemiologist and the infection control practitioner.
With ever-widening appreciation of the values of an infection control program and the initiation of them, the need for detailed information about the practice of hospital epidemiology has grown. Along with
Hospital Infections.. Ann Intern Med. ;91:667–668. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-4-667_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(4):667-668.
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