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Bakullari A, Metersky ML, Wang Y
Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare-associated infections in the United States, 2009-2011.
This study examined racial and ethnic disparities in the occurrence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in 79,019 Medicare patients hospitalized with acute cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, and major surgery. It found that Asian and Hispanic patients, but not non-Hispanic blacks, had significantly higher rates of HAIs than white non-Hispanic patients.
Citation: Bakullari A, Metersky ML, Wang Y . Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare-associated infections in the United States, 2009-2011. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Oct;35 Suppl 3:S10-6. doi: 10.1086/677827..
Keywords: Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Disparities, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Critical Care, Patient Safety