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First state report on hospital infections disappoints
Sacramento Bee

California’s first attempt to shed light on the prevalence of potentially lethal superbugs in hospitals was roundly dismissed as a disappointment Thursday, when state public health officials released long-awaited data on hospital-borne infections. More than 12,000 Californians die each year – more than the number of traffic fatalities – because of infections acquired in hospitals, but Thursday’s report offered little help in determining which hospitals have done a better job at vanquishing the scourge of superbugs and was virtually useless to consumers.