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
patient.

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
treatment.

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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 musc.edu



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