The mortality of hospital-acquired bloodstream infections: need for a new vital statistic.

  • R. Wenzel
  • Published 1987 in
    Transactions of the American Clinical and…


Available data on both crude mortality and attributable mortality of hospital-acquired bloodstream infections suggest that such infections represent an important cause of death in the US. The use of 95% confidence limits for attributable mortality and current national vital statistics data for septicaemia corroborate the general hypothesis. 


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