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Oregon Hospital Infections Spiked In 2021

(Portland, OR) -- Health care-associated infections among Oregon patients surged in 2021. The Oregon Health Authority has a new dashboard that details the infections. While it happened during the pandemic, the infections weren't caused by COVID-19. The leading infections were catheter-associated urinary tract and MRSA bloodstream infections. Health care-associated infections can lengthen hospital stays, prolong recoveries, cause sepsis and death. One in 31 patients has a health care-associated infection and up to one in ten of those people may die. In 2021, over one-thousand HAIs were reported in Oregon.

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