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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
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Hospital Infections.. Ann Intern Med. 1979;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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