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

TitleStrategies for prevention of health care-associated infections in the NICU.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPolin RA, Denson S, Brady MT
Corporate AuthorsCommittee on fetus and newborn, Committee on Infectious Diseases
JournalPediatrics
Volume129
Issue4
Paginatione1085-93
Date Published2012 Apr
ISSN1098-4275
KeywordsCross Infection, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infection Control, Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient, Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Practice Guidelines as Topic
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1542/peds.2012-0145
Alternate JournalPediatrics
PubMed ID22451712