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Hospital multi-resistant infections 

Hospital multi-resistant infections

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Hospital multi-resistant infections
Author(s):

David Harvey

and Andrea Ledgerton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745471.003.0007
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date: 28 April 2017

This chapter outlines common pathogens responsible for neonatal infections. It describes the processes that should be undertaken when dealing with a hospital outbreak caused by a multi-drug-resistant organism, including understanding the clinical picture, epidemiology, and laboratory results to control the outbreak. The tools and control measures required to manage a hospital outbreak caused by a multi-drug resistant organism are described. Some of the challenges in managing a hospital outbreak caused by a multi-drug resistant organism are outlined and briefly discussed. Outbreaks in neonatal units can be amongst the most challenging to control. As such, the principles outlined in this chapter can be applied to other organisms and settings within the hospital.

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