Hospital-acquired infections in the United States. The importance of interhospital comparisons.

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To use infection rates as a basis for measuring quality of care, the rates must be meaningful for interhospital comparison. A crude, overall nosocomial infection rate of a hospital provides no means of adjustment for patients' intrinsic or extrinsic risks. Before interhospital comparison, rates should be adjusted for nosocomial infection risk factors… (More)

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