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Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline, But Threat Remains
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Hospitals have greatly improved their ability to avoid transmitting infections to patients during acute care stays, according to two reports issued Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But officials say there’s a lot more work to do, especially in protecting patients from C. difficile, bacterial pneumonia, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

The first report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, surveyed a sample of 11,282 patients treated at 183 hospitals in 10 states in 2011. It found that at any point in time, 4% had at least one infection transmitted within the acute care setting; they did not get infected while outside of a hospital.