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Overcrowding and understaffing in modern health-care systems: key determinants in meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission

Clements, Archie; Halton, Kate; Graves, Nicholas; Pettitt, Anthony; Morton, Anthony; Looke, D; Whitby, M

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Recent decades have seen the global emergence of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), causing substantial health and economic burdens on patients and health-care systems. This epidemic has occurred at the same time that policies promoting higher patient throughput in hospitals have led to many services operating at, or near, full capacity. A result has been limited ability to scale services according to fluctuations in patient admissions and available staff, and hospital...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/74582
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases
DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(08)70151-8

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