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Improving the Central Line—Associated Bloodstream Infection Surveillance Definition: A Work in Progress

  • James P. Steinberg (a1) and Susan E. Coffin (a2)


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Emory University Hospital Midtown, Medical Office Tower, 5th Floor, 550 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (


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