Strategies for the prevention of hospital-acquired infections in the neonatal intensive care unit

A. Borghesi, M. Stronati

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Abstract

Nosocomial infections are among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in neonatal intensive care units. Prevention of healthcare-associated infections is based on strategies that aim to limit susceptibility to infections by enhancing host defences, interrupting transmission of organisms by healthcare workers and by promoting the judicious use of antimicrobials. Several strategies are available and include: hand hygiene practices; prevention of central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections; judicious use of antimicrobials for therapy and prophylaxis; enhancement of host defences; skin care; and early enteral feeding with human milk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume68
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Infection
  • Newborn
  • Nosocomial
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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