The regulations (not the synopsis outlined here) are long and detailed and might instill some trepidation in the heart of one reading them. But, not to fear, said Sandra Lin, MD, of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “The rules are fairly easy to follow, and the safety standards are there to protect our patients and ourselves. What’s more, Chapter 797 is open to interpretation, and as long as you have your own office guidelines based on 797—and follow them scrupulously—you should be fine.”
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Number of deaths from methicillin-resistant Staphy-lococcus aureus (MRSA)infection in 2005, the last year for which data are available.
Number of MRSA infections in the United States in 2005.
Source:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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