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Mortality Attributable to Hospital‐Acquired Infections Among Surgical Patients

Christine Geffers , MD, Dorit Sohr , PhD and Petra Gastmeier , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 12 (December 2008), pp. 1167-1170
DOI: 10.1086/592410
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/592410
Page Count: 4
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Mortality Attributable to Hospital‐Acquired Infections Among Surgical Patients
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Abstract

We performed a multicenter prospective matched cohort study to evaluate the mortality attributable to hospital‐acquired infections among 12,791 patients admitted to surgical departments. We were able to match 731 patients with 1 or more hospital‐acquired infections (ie, case patients) with 731 patients without a hospital‐acquired infection (ie, control patients) at a 1:1 ratio. Of the 731 case patients, 42 (5.7%) died; of the 731 control patients, 23 (3.1%) died—a significant difference of 2.6%.

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