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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008 Dec;29(12):1167-70. doi: 10.1086/592410.

Mortality attributable to hospital-acquired infections among surgical patients.

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German National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections, Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany. christine.geffers@charite.de

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%.

PMID:
19014317
DOI:
10.1086/592410
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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