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Top 10 Infection Control Challenges
Health Leaders Media

The spotlight is shining on infection control chiefs. The burden is on them to identify weaknesses and danger zones within their hospitals, not only to improve patient safety, but to thwart any financial penalties Medicare might impose on their organizations in the months and years ahead.

It’s a big responsibility, especially with continued pressure from federal reports that remind inpatients that one in 20 of them will contract a hospital-acquired infection, with annual direct medical costs to U.S. hospitals ranging from $28.4 billion to $45.7 billion a year in 2007 dollars.