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Boston hospital tagged for infection control problems

April 10, 2009
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BOSTON — After 18 mothers and 19 infants contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) over the past six months, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has been cited for serious problems with its infection control practices, according to the Boston Globe.
Department of Public Health officials noted significant lapses in the hospital''s policies for preventing infections and training employees during a recent inspection of the facility, the story stated.
Officials have yet to determine the source of the outbreak and have enlisted the help of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the story noted.
Hospital chief executive Paul Levy said: "While we are justly proud of many of our quality and safety initiatives at BIDMC, we have to acknowledge that we still fall short in a number of ways."
All of the patients once infected have been treated and have fully recovered, the story added.
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