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Study Found Pandemic Era Spike in HAI Infections Significantly More Severe Among Smaller Community Hospitals

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A new study of hospitals across six southern states found a spike in healthcare-associated infections was significantly more severe among smaller community hospitals than their larger academic medical center counterparts during the pandemic.

The study, by researchers from Duke University and the University of North Carolina and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, suggests that community hospitals strained to balance COVID-19 patients and their standard infection control practices, writes Fierce Healthcare. Many of these community hospitals were in rural regions and faced resource limitations exacerbated by the pandemic.

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