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Author(s): Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH; Kelly Podgorny, DNP, MS, RN; Sandra I. BerríosTorres, MD; Dale W. Bratzler, DO, MPH; E. Patchen Dellinger, MD; Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC; Ann-Christine Nyquist, MD, MSPH; Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH; Deborah S. Yokoe, MD, MPH; Lisa L. Maragakis, MD, MPH; Keith S. Kaye, MD, MPH Source: Infection Control and Hospital(More)
BACKGROUND Results of previous single-center, observational studies suggest that daily bathing of patients with chlorhexidine may prevent hospital-acquired bloodstream infections and the acquisition of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). METHODS We conducted a multicenter, cluster-randomized, nonblinded crossover trial to evaluate the effect of daily(More)
BACKGROUND Serial interventions are often used to reduce the risk of health care-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. To our knowledge, the relative impact of these interventions has not previously been ascertained. METHODS We conducted a retrospective study of 4 major infection control interventions using an(More)
Health care providers, quality advocates, consumers, and legislators are increasingly focused on the prevention of health care-associated infections. Accurate surveillance is essential to identify areas for improvement and to measure the impact of infection prevention initiatives. Conventional surveillance definitions, however, are complicated, costly to(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare incidence rates of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) during a 6-year period among 5 geographically diverse academic medical centers across the United States by use of recommended standardized surveillance definitions of CDI that incorporate recent information on healthcare facility (HCF) exposure. METHODS Data on C. difficile(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are increasing, and previously described interventions for controlling the spread of CDI are not easily generalized to multiple healthcare institutions. OBJECTIVE We tested prevention and treatment bundles to decrease the incidence of CDI and the mortality associated with CDI(More)