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In America's hospitals, approximately one in 20 patients will contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI). At Cooley Dickinson Hospital last year, one in 129 patients got an HAI. Now, those better odds of avoiding an infection at Cooley Dickinson have improved even further, as the hospital has documented a groundbreaking 82 percent drop in one type of infection, Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a nasty germ that can cause diarrhea, sepsis and even death.

"This decrease translates to many more people leaving the hospital safer and with better outcomes," said Joanne Levin, MD, CDH's Medical Director of Infection Prevention.

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