Patients Risked Resistant Infections

A Swedish medical report shows that chief doctors at the Karolinska Hospital here in Stockholm violated regulations for security risks by putting patients in wards together with others having highly-resistant infections.

The decision to place some 10 patients in the high-risk wards was first stretched from 6 days to 12 last summer, and was taken after consultation with other doctors.

Critics say they understand the problems of dealing with large shortages of beds at times, but warn that once such a dangerous precedent is made, it will be easier to repeat it.

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