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Microbes Infect. 2005 Feb;7(2):268-74. Epub 2005 Jan 11.

Prevention of hospital infection.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA.


The prevention of nosocomial infections is an important aspect of patient care, particularly in high-risk areas such as intensive care units (ICUs). Local hospital leadership needs to develop easily defined infection-control policies that are evidence-based. These infection-control policies also require the presence of a dedicated group of infection-control practitioners to provide education, collect surveillance data, and oversee the implementation of the local infection-control plan.

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