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Study finds drop in deadly VA hospital infections

An aggressive four-year effort to reduce the spread of deadly bacterial infections at veterans' hospitals is showing impressive results and may have broad implications at medical centers across the country, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the program, which was released Wednesday afternoon. The study of 153 Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide found a 62% drop in the rate of infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in intensive care units over a 32-month period. There was a 45% drop in MRSA prevalence in other hospital wards, like surgical and rehabilitation units.
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