Nosocomial Bacterial Infections

  • Walter J. HierholzerJr.


From the combination of Greek nosos (disease) with komein (to take care of) as nosokomeion (hospital) and through Latin nosocomium (hospital) comes English nosocomial (pertaining to a hospital). Nosocomial infections, then, are infections that develop and are recognized in patients and personnel in health-care institutions. These infections are not present or incubating on admission, with the exception that a nosocomial infection may be present on admission if it is directly related to or is the residual of a previous admission. Certain nosocomial infections may not be clinically evident until after discharge. It is common to classify all other infections that fail to meet these criteria as “community-acquired” infections.


Infection Control Nosocomial Infection Hospital Infection Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus Catheter Associate Urinary Tract Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter J. HierholzerJr.
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  1. 1.Program of EpidemiologyUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA

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