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Medicine: Hospital Care and Hygiene / Infections #345353

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 14, 1992
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(Madison Square Garden: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(New York: Edie Magnus) Factors contributing to the spread of infections in hospitals featured. [Medical College of Pennsylvania Dr. Caroline JOHNSON - says a certain number of people will develop infections as a complication of their hospitalization.] Number and cost of hospital patients who contract infections estimated; results given of study on the spread of infections through electronic rectal thermometers. [Medical College of Pennsylvania Dr. Matthew LEVISON - comments.] [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Dr. William JARVIS - says the major mode of transmission is through health care workers.] [Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Margaret FRACCARO - notes importance of good hand washing.] Results given of study on the percentage of health care workers that wash their hands before treating patients.

Magnus, Edie;
Rather, Dan

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