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June 2000

Controlling Nosocomial InfectionEveryone Is Concerned

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(6):785-786. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.6.785

IN 1985, a report from the Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control Project,1 a large multicenter surveillance system of nosocomial infections, estimated that at least 2.1 million hospital-acquired infections occurred per year among 37.7 million admissions in US hospitals, and 77,000 deaths were associated with nosocomial infections.2 These data, combined with the concomitant growing emergence of multiresistant bacteria, justified the implementation of infection control policies in hospitals.

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