Outbreaks in Health Care Settings

Geeta Sood, Trish M. Perl

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Abstract

Outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks in health care settings can be complex and should be evaluated systematically using epidemiologic tools. Laboratory testing is an important part of an outbreak evaluation. Health care personnel, equipment, supplies, water, ventilation systems, and the hospital environment have been associated with health care outbreaks. Settings including the neonatal intensive care unit, endoscopy, oncology, and transplant units are areas that have specific issues which impact the approach to outbreak investigation and control. Certain organisms have a predilection for health care settings because of the illnesses of patients, the procedures performed, and the care provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-687
Number of pages27
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Health care settings
  • Outbreaks
  • Review
  • Sources of outbreaks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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