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Improving Patient Safety Through Infection Control: A New Healthcare Imperative

Deborah S. Yokoe , MD, MPH and David Classen , MD, MS
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. S1, A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare‐Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals (October 2008), pp. S3-S11
DOI: 10.1086/591063
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/591063
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

Many healthcare organizations, professional associations, government and accrediting agencies, legislators, regulators, payers, and consumer advocacy groups have advanced the prevention of healthcare‐associated infections as a national imperative, stimulating the creation of “A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare‐Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals” in this supplement. In this introduction, we provide background and context and discuss the major issues that shaped the recommendations included in the compendium.

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