The impact of observation units on the rate of hospital-acquired infection.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Dec;34(12):1318-20
Authors: Sheahan AD, Sepkowitz KA
Using Clostridium difficile as an example, we calculated the impact that reduced inpatient-day denominators resulting from implementation of hospital observation units would have on hospital-acquired infection rates. Using proposed scenarios of reduced inpatient-days, we estimated an increase in the hospital-acquired C. difficile infection rate of up to 12%.
PMID: 24225619 [PubMed - in process]