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Comparative Study
. 2004 Apr;47(4):334-8.
doi: 10.1007/s00103-004-0808-5.

[Use of Information on Nosocomial Outbreaks for Infection Control]

[Article in German]
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Comparative Study

[Use of Information on Nosocomial Outbreaks for Infection Control]

[Article in German]
P Gastmeier et al. Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. .

Abstract

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.

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