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HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTIONS
Power Strategies for Clinical Practice

V MURALIDHAR
Senior Consultant, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India
SUMATHI MURALIDHAR
Microbiologist, Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College, Safdarjang Hospital,  New Delhi, India

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) pose a significant health problem to patients, practitioners, workers and health services as a whole.  The number of deaths caused by HAIs is on the increase in many countries around the world, and hospitals are struggling to maintain sufficiently high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, which would reduce the constant threat of HAIs.  On average, worldwide, studies have revealed an average of 9% of hospitalised patients have HAI.

The authors of this book, an ICU specialist and a microbiologist, provide the latest information and guidance on infection control and prevention to those working at all levels of the healthcare system, including hospital, community health centres, nursing homes, clinics and laboratories.

 They discuss the current circumstances: the causes of HAIs, the means for their prevention, control and monitoring and they suggest clinical practice guidelines that will be helpful for all levels of healthcare staff.

Contents:
1. Introduction to HAI 2. Clinician as a Manager 3. Road Maps and Directions 4. Aspects of Planning and Organization 5. Understanding Quality and Its Measurement 6. HAI and Continuous Quality Improvement – Implementation 7. Performance Management, Standards, Compliance 8. Safety and Risk Management 9. Epidemiological Concerns in HAI 10. The Concept of Barriers and Personal Protective Equipment 11. Environment Management and Engineering Controls 12. Surveillance and Monitoring  13. Epidemics and Outbreaks  14. Standard Operating Procedures 15. Disinfection and Sterilization     16. Hospital Waste Management 17. Microbial Pathogens 18. Clinical Practice Guidelines 19. Prescribing Practices and Antibiotic Policy 20. Blood Transfusion, Solid Organ Transplantation and Implants 21. Occupational Hazards and Hierarchy of Controls

ISBN: 9781905740550
Publication: June 2007
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00 $95.00

*Fatest information and guidance
on clinical practice

*A resource for hospitals, clinics
and laboratories