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Hospital acquired infections in surgical patients: impact of COVID-19-related infection prevention measures.

Tham N, Fazio T, Johnson D, et al. Hospital acquired infections in surgical patients: impact of COVID-19-related infection prevention measures. World J Surg. Epub 2022 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s00268-022-06539-4

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April 20, 2022
Tham N, Fazio T, Johnson D, et al. World J Surg. 2022;46:1249-1258.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to changes in infection control and prevention measures to limit nosocomial spread. This retrospective cohort study found that escalations in infection prevention and control practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic did not affect the incidence of other hospital-acquired infections among surgical patients at one Australian hospital. The authors posit that this may be due to high compliance with existing infection prevention and control practices pre-pandemic.