Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die

March 26, 2014 4:13 PM

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Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die

Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big problem in health care, with 4 percent of patients getting a new infection while hospitalized, a study finds. And 11 percent of those infections turn deadly.

It's the first time that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has attempted to catalog all hospital infections, not just the infections with germs on their watch list. Researchers surveyed 183 hospitals nationwide, emphasizing smaller community hospitals.

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