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Hospital epidemiology and infection control in acute-care settings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21233510     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Health care-associated infections (HAIs) have become more common as medical care has grown more complex and patients have become more complicated. HAIs are associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and cost. Growing rates of HAIs alongside evidence suggesting that active surveillance and infection control practices can prevent HAIs led to the development of hospital epidemiology and infection control programs. The role for infection control programs has grown and continues to grow as rates of antimicrobial resistance rise and HAIs lead to increasing risks to patients and expanding health care costs. In this review, we summarize the history of the development of hospital epidemiology and infection control, common HAIs and the pathogens causing them, and the structure and role of a hospital epidemiology and infection control program.
Authors:
Emily R M Sydnor; Trish M Perl
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical microbiology reviews     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1098-6618     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Microbiol. Rev.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-14     Completed Date:  2011-04-14     Revised Date:  2013-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8807282     Medline TA:  Clin Microbiol Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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Descriptor/Qualifier:
Cross Infection / epidemiology,  mortality,  prevention & control*
Emergency Service, Hospital*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Humans
Infection Control / history,  methods*
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