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Cardinal Health Releases New Tool to Combat MRSA Infections in Hospitals
Date:10/30/2007

ent adverse patient events.

HAIs affect one in 20 patients admitted each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eradicating MRSA has become a national priority -- one that requires all health care facilities and agencies to assume responsibility. A recent national survey done by the Association for Professions in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) indicates an estimated 46 per 1,000 patients are either infected or colonized with MRSA annually, a rate about 10 times greater than previous MRSA estimates.(2) As a result, most U.S. hospitals are in the process of designing and implementing aggressive infection prevention programs designed to stop the spread of MRSA in their health care institutions.

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Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is an $87 billion, global company serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies reduce costs, improve safety, productivity and profitability, and deliver better care to patients. With a focus on making supply chains more efficient, reducing hospital-acquired infections and breaking the cycle of harmful medication errors, Cardinal Health develops market-leading technologies, including Alaris(R) IV pumps, Pyxis(R) automated dispensing systems, MedMined(TM) data mining service and the CareFusion(TM) patient identification system. The company also manufactures medical and surgical products and is one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies worldwide. Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500 and No. 1 in its sector on Fortune's ranking of Most Admired firms, Cardinal Health employs more than 40,000 people on f
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