Since the change in paradigm in healthcare that nosocomial or healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a natural consequence of treatment to a practice of surveillance and prevention, hospital acquired infections are no longer considered consequences of inpatient treatment. Prevention includes protecting patients, healthcare workers, visitors, volunteers and health science students. This paper aims to describe the contributory roles of affected populations with their attendant drivers, healthcare sites and healthcare workers, and emerging pathogens.
[Photo: Dr. Julie Reagan]
“The Perfect Storm: Emerging Trends and Pathogens in Healthcare,” was published in Clinical Laboratory Science as the second of four in a FOCUS series about HAIs.
Dr. Pat Tille, South Dakota State University, was the lead author and Dr. Julie Reagan, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Georgia Southern University was one of the co-authors.