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Health Care–Associated Infections

Rodney L Thompson and Priya Sampathkumar

in Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827626
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929641 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199827626.003.0040

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Health Care–Associated Infections

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Health care–associated infection (HAI) is an infection that occurs in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, or home health care programs. Infection control departments have been constituted to prevent and control infectious complications in health care settings. Prevention and control require combinations of education and training, procedures and policies, surveillance and reporting, and interventions that include isolation and teamwork. Common HAIs (nosocomial infections) include urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, bloodstream infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Diagnosis and treatment of each type of infection are reviewed.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases

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