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Hospital infections linked to readmissions: study
Modern Healthcare

Two areas commonly targeted for quality improvement—readmissions and healthcare-associated infections—are strongly linked to one another, according to newly published research.

The study, which appears in the June issue of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, found that patients with who tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci or Clostridium difficile more than 48 hours after admission to the hospital were 60% more likely to be readmitted within 30 days and 40% more likely to be readmitted within a year than patients without HAIs.