Hospitals have put in place programs to reduce health care-associated infections, such as placing hand sanitizers outside of the pediatric ICU at North Carolina Children's Hospital, but patient advocates say progress is slow and making HAI rates public could lead to faster improvements. Health care professionals say tracking the data takes too much time away from patient care, but Lisa McGiffert of the Consumers Union Safe Project Project says there is "little sense of urgency" among the medical profession in dealing with the issue.

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