nosocomial vs. iatrogenic -Reply

Alan Junkins JunkinsA at SMTPGW2.MUSC.EDU
Mon Oct 28 10:26:18 EST 1996

Nosocomial means the infection was acquired
in a hospital setting.  These are often the result
of person-to-person transmission from patient
to patient or patient to health-care-worker to

An iatrogenic infection is one that is a result of
treatment by a health care professional.   Some
examples might be pneumonia that was a result
of a patient being intubated, a surgical wound
infection, biofilm infections on catheters, and
superinfections following antimicrobial

Alan D. Junkins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC  29425
(803) 792-3169
Fax:  (803) 792-3383
E-mail:  junkinsa at

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