Molecular Techniques for the Study of Hospital Acquired Infection

  • ID: 1932772
  • August 2011
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Latest findings, practices, and strategies to detect and control nosocomial infections

Nosocomial infections, also known as hospital acquired infections, represent a growing challenge to healthcare facilities around the world. Many nosocomial pathogens are becoming more and more resistant to treatment, resulting in higher morbidity, mortality, and cost. In fact, each year it is estimated that some two million patients develop a hospital–acquired infection in the United States, representing nearly 5% of all hospitalized patients.

Molecular Techniques for the Study of Hospital Acquired Infection reviews the latest findings, practices, and strategies to support the development and implementation of effective, comprehensive programs to study and control hospital acquired infections. It focuses on the application of molecular techniques, enabling hospitals to incorporate these state–of–the–technology techniques into their infection control programs.

Key topics include:

Characteristics of healthcare settings that allow for the development and spread of nosocomial pathogens

Implementation of effective infection control programs

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I. Introduction to Healthcare Associated Infections and Their Control.

1. The Hospital and Ambulatory Care Environment (Anne Y. Chen and Hiren Pokharma).

2. Pathogen Transmission in the Healthcare Setting (Sonja Hansen and Ralf–Peter Vonberg).

3. Infection Control Basics (Louise–Marie Dembry and Carlos Torres–Viera).

4. Cost–Effectiveness of IC Program (Marc–Oliver Wright and Eli N. Perencevich).

5. Outbreak Investigations (Importance of the Healthcare Epidemiologist) (Marcus J. Zervos).

6. Pathogen Elimination: Antibiotic and Disinfectant Use and the Development of Resistance (Steven L. Foley, Beilei Ge, Carl M. Schroeder, and Arron M. Lynne).

II. Techniques to Characterize Nosocomial Pathogens.

7. Rapid PCR Screening Methods (Ngolela Esther Babady, Frankling Cockerill and Robin Patel).

8. Restriction Analysis Techniques (Richard V. Goering, Mary Stemper, SanjayShukla and Steven Foley).

9. Pulsed–field Gel Electrophoresis (Mary Stemper, Steven Foley Richard V. Goering, and Sanjay Shukla).

III. Application of Techniques to Characterize Predominant Nosocomial Pathogens.

10. Staphylococcus aureus (Vanthida Huang).

11. Escherichia coli (Johann D. D. Pitout).

12. Fungal Infections (Jose A. Vazquez).


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Steven L. Foley
Anne Y. Chen
Shabbir Simjee
Marcus J. Zervos

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