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Lower Inpatient Occupancy Lends to Higher Risk of Infection, Study Finds

A new study from the University of Michigan and RAND Corporation suggests that the fuller an inpatient ward is the lesser a patient’s risk of infection, writes Fierce Healthcare. In a study of more than 550,000 patient discharges from 327 California hospitals, researchers found that patients were most likely to contract Clostridium difficile—a stubborn and potentially deadly hospital-borne infection—when inpatient wards were in the “middle range” of capacity, or between 25% and 75% full.

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