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Nosocomial Infections

A growing concern for hospital patients worldwide is the chance of receiving a nosocomial infection. According to the text Microbiology: An Introduction, a nosocomial infection is defined as an infection “that does not show any evidence of being present or incubating at the time of admission to a hospital; it is acquired as a result of a hospital stay” (Tortora, Funke, and Case, 420). Common nosocomial infections include; surgical wound infections, urinary tract infections (UTI), pneumonia, nosocomial diarrhea, and septicemia, while several causative agents for infections are coagulase-negative staphylococci, enterococci, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Despite the fact that modern sterilization techniques as well as disposable materials are used in hospitals, nosocomial infections are a continuous problem. Studies show that roughly 5% to 15% of patients acquire a nosocomial infection during their stay at hospitals, which is nearly 2...

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