Hospital-acquired infections studied

From Times wire reports

Putting a spotlight on hospital-acquired infections, the American Journal of Medical Quality issued three studies on the topic in a supplement to the December issue.

Two put the blame more on hospital procedures than on how a sick patient was when he or she checked in. The third study burst the myth that hospitals actually make more money when patients get these infections.

"The main message here to us was a hospital-acquired infection is not to be considered a sort of byproduct of an extremely ill person coming to a hospital in the United States," said the journal's editor, Dr. David Nash of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

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