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Date:4/16/2011

decrease the risk of developing health care-associated infections," de Wit noted. "'External' measures such as hand washing and head-of-bed elevation are important factors in decreasing the risk of health care-associated infections, and can be undertaken by all health care providers."

However, preventing health care-associated infections in patients with alcohol use disorders also requires therapeutic interventions specifically targeting hospitalized patients with these disorders, de Wit added.

She also said it's crucial that patients discuss their drinking behaviors with doctors.

"This is important both when a hospital admission is scheduled as well as at the time of an emergency hospital admission," de Wit said. "In the case with scheduled surgeries, such as an elective surgery, one month pre-operative abstinence may decrease the risk" of health care-associated infections.

More information

The American Psychological Association has more about alcohol use disorders.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, news release, April 15, 2011


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