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Health Journalism 2011: Is enough being done about health care-associated infections?

William Marella, P.J. Brennan, Kerry O'Connell and Marshall Allen discuss health care-associated infections.Dr. Patrick J. Brennan didn't waste time answering the main question of a panel assembled to discuss health care-acquired infections: Is enough being done?

"We should just stipulate that not enough is being done," Brennan said.

About 1.7 million Americans get health care-acquired infections each year and at least 99,000 die. That is the equivalent of everyone in the city of Philadelphia being infected, and those who die could pack the Phillies' stadium two times, said William Marella, director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority's statewide safety reporting program.

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