Title

Strategies for prevention of health care-associated infections in the NICU.

Year of Publication

2012

Number of Pages

e1085-93

Date Published

2012 Apr

ISSN Number

1098-4275

Abstract

<p>Health care-associated infections in the NICU result in increased morbidity and mortality, prolonged lengths of stay, and increased medical costs. Neonates are at high risk of acquiring health care-associated infections because of impaired host-defense mechanisms, limited amounts of protective endogenous flora on skin and mucosal surfaces at time of birth, reduced barrier function of their skin, use of invasive procedures and devices, and frequent exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotic agents. This clinical report reviews management and prevention of health care-associated infections in newborn infants.</p>

DOI

10.1542/peds.2012-0145

Alternate Title

Pediatrics

PMID

22451712

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