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Infection Prevention and Control Practices in Children’s Hospitals

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 February 2015

Jeffrey M. Bender*
Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California
Mary Virgallito
Department of Quality Improvement, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California
Jason G. Newland
Department of Pediatrics, Mercy Children’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri
Julia S. Sammons
Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Emily A. Thorell
Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Susan E. Coffin
Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Andrew T. Pavia
Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Thomas J. Sandora
Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts
Adam L. Hersh
Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Address correspondence to Jeffrey M. Bender, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #51, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (


We surveyed hospital epidemiologists at 28 Children’s Hospital Association member hospitals regarding their infection prevention and control programs. We found substantial variability between children’s hospitals in both the structure and the practice of these programs. Research and the development of evidence-based guidelines addressing infection prevention in pediatrics are needed.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;00(0): 1–4

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© 2015 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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