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Medical News & Perspectives
April 11, 2012

Collaborative Effort Seeks to Curb Hospital Infections

JAMA. 2012;307(14):1475. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.430

Hospital-acquired infections remain a persistent problem, affecting about 1 in 20 patients each year, according to estimates from the US Department of Health and Human Services. But efforts to curb such infections have had mixed results. To achieve better results, 2 groups critical to the management of hospital-acquired infections—infection control professionals, or infection preventionists (IPs), and laboratory professionals—are working together on a project to promote better collaboration between their respective professions.

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