Many hospitals have succeeded in driving down the rates of some once-common infections, including MRSA, a type of staph bacteria that doesn't respond to some antibiotics. Changed medical practices have helped, including keeping patients in intensive care hooked up to ventilators only for as long as is necessary. Helping to spur action: The government has set a goal of reducing hospital infections and other preventable problems by 40% by next year from 2010 levels. 

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