Journal Article

Health Care–Associated Infections: Major Issues in the Early Years of the 21st Century

Richard P. Wenzel

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue Supplement_1, pages S85-S88
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/518136
Health Care–Associated Infections: Major Issues in the Early Years of the 21st Century

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Health care–associated bloodstream infections are associated with an attributable mortality that makes them equivalent to the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Increasing levels of antibiotic resistance and the problems associated with biofilms surrounding prostheses and vascular catheters pose special challenges. These issues and potential solutions are addressed in the present article.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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