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The Advantages of Molecular Diagnostics in the Surveillance of Health Care-Associated Infections

Nicole L. Zitterkopf

in Laboratory Medicine

Published on behalf of American Society for Clinical Pathology

Volume 39, issue 10, pages 623-625
Published in print October 2008 | ISSN: 0007-5027
Published online September 2015 | e-ISSN: 1943-7730 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1309/LMS6D81LGCNPNWWX
The Advantages of Molecular Diagnostics in the Surveillance of Health Care-Associated Infections

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Health care-associated infections (HAIs) result in extensive morbidity and mortality. Studies indicate that placing a colonized or infected patient into contact isolation curtails the spread of infection. Carriers are detected by surveillance techniques such as bacterial culture or real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Health care institutions rely on these laboratory results to identify patients requiring contact isolation; therefore, the rapid generation of accurate laboratory results is critical to the success of HAI surveillance.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Molecular Biology and Genetics

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