Nosocomial Infections

“Nosocomial” infections are those caused by being in a hospital. Some related phrases are “iatrogenic”, “medical error”, “adverse drug events”, “medical injury”, “Staphylococcus aureus”.

Here are some useful-looking resources on nosocomial infections, and nosocomial infection control:

National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System (NNIS)

Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings

Sterilization & Disinfection

Public Health Focus: Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of Nosocomial Infections
Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control Project (SENIC)

Another information resource: medical journals are superbly indexed with keywords and abstracts in MEDLINE. Combining specific terms (”rotavirus”, “resistant”, etc.) with “nosocomial” will turn up interesting journal articles.

For instance, searching on “nosocomial AND hands” gets (among others) an intriguing article, Pertinacious habit on a rehabilitation unit: repetitive finger licking while paging through the clinical chart, along with its abstract and bibliographic information.