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Eckenrode S, Bakullari A, Metersky ML
The association between age, sex, and hospital-acquired infection rates: results from the 2009-2011 National Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System.
The researchers, using six different measures of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), analyzed data from a large national sample of patients admitted to the hospital with acute cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, and major surgery to determine to determine age- and sex-related differences in HAI rates. They found that there are no simple ways to focus HAI-prevention efforts based solely on age or sex.
Citation: Eckenrode S, Bakullari A, Metersky ML . The association between age, sex, and hospital-acquired infection rates: results from the 2009-2011 National Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Oct;35 Suppl 3:S3-9. doi: 10.1086/677831..
Keywords: Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Patient Safety, Medicare, Critical Care