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The Ability of Intensive Care Units to Maintain Zero Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland 21231, USA.
Archives of internal medicine (Impact Factor: 17.33). 05/2011; 171(9):856-8. DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.161
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