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December 7, 1963


JAMA. 1963;186(10):969. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710100107054

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Infections in Hospitals "Getting Worse.  "—R. E. M. Thompson, bacteriologist at the Middlesex Hospital, says that infections acquired in hospitals are a very real problem. "The situation is deteriorating rather than improving, and everybody who has studied the matter is worried about the future." He told a conference called by the Royal Society of Health that since the war the cleaning of hospitals had become a problem for a number of reasons. Although there had been an increase in the number of patients and operations, there had not been a comparable increase in the size of cleaning staffs. Operating rooms "are in use so constantly

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