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Canada controls hospital acquired illnesses

January 05, 2009
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TILLSONBURGH, Ontario, Canada — The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care released the latest statistics on provincial hospitals related to outbreaks of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant enterococcis (VRE), according to the Tillsonburgh News.
Hospitals in Simcoe, Tillsonburg and Hagersville reported no cases of these three highly contagious, traditionally hospital acquired illnesses from September 1 through November 30; 228 other hospitals in Ontario reported cases, the story stated.
Dr. Michael Baker, the executive in charge of the Patient Safety initiative in Ontario, told the News: "We expected more of a problem than we actually found. I''m very pleased to see low numbers of the serious infections, which is the bloodstream infections, and [am] very pleased to see there are [only a] few hospitals that haven''t controlled their infection rates."
Increased mortality rates linked to hospital acquired infections in recent years has led to the publicization of once confidential bacterial infection rates in Ontario hospitals, the story noted.
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