Hospital infections

Elisabeth Presterl*, Magda Diab-El Schahawi*, Luigi Segagni Lusignani, Helga Paula, Jacqui S. Reilly

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Hospital infections occur during hospital stay, and they cause prolonged stay, disability and economic burden. The infections in the healthcare facilities are multifactorial; they can be caused by breaches of infection control practices and procedures or contact with unclean and non-sterile environmental surfaces, and they can be associated with the devices used in medical procedures, such as catheters or ventilators. The most common type of hospital infections are surgical wound infections, respiratory infections and genitourinary infections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Microbiology and Infection Control for Midwives
EditorsElisabeth Presterl, Magda Diab-El Schahawi, Jacqui S. Reilly
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783030020262
ISBN (Print)9783030020255
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • incubation
  • healthcare
  • prevention
  • device
  • surveillance


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