[Use of information on nosocomial outbreaks for infection control]

Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2004 Apr;47(4):334-8. doi: 10.1007/s00103-004-0808-5.
[Article in German]


Outbreaks of nosocomial infections can be associated with significant morbidity in the patients involved and require time, effort, and resources. In addition, they may lead to panic reactions among health care workers and patients as well as the community. However, their systematic analysis can contribute to knowledge about the sources and transmission of nosocomial infections and the best methods for prevention. Furthermore, the results of outbreak investigations may serve as a valuable tool for education. That is why a systematic register of nosocomial outbreaks would be a very useful instrument for people working in the field of nosocomial infection control. This article describes the need for a systematic collection of outbreaks published in the literature and an available possibility for filling this gap.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology*
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Data Collection
  • Databases as Topic
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infection Control*
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal