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Types of Hospital (Nosocomial) Infections

Nosocomial infections are one danger that lurks for hospitalized patients. Knowing and recognizing the various types and causes of infections can help patients, caregivers and advocates do a better job of preventing hospital acquired infections.

A Patient's Guide to Hospital Acquired Infections
An overview of hospital acquired (nosocomial) infections, why it is important for patients to know about them, and a list of all articles written on the subject.

MRSA, C.Diff, VRE, CRKP and Other Superbug Hospital Acquired Infections
MRSA, C.Diff, CRKP and other superbug infections are acquired in hospitals and now in the community, too. Patients need to be aware of their origins and how to avoid them.

What Is a MRSA Infection and What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an extremely difficult to treat infection that kills thousands of patients every year. Smart patients will learn what they can about MRSA, what MRSA looks like, and why the best approach is prevention.

MRSA Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question, "What Does MRSA Look Like?"

CRE (CRKP) Superbug Infection Found in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
CRKP, also called CRE, is relatively new infection being spread to patients in hospitals all over the world, and now in the United States, too. Understanding the origin of the infection goes a long way toward stopping the spread to someone you love.

C.Difficile, Another Hospital Acquired Infection to Avoid
One form of hospital acquired infection is called C. Diff, an abbreviation for Clostridium difficile. Understanding C. Diff and how it is introduced to the body will help patients, caregivers and advocates better understand how to prevent or avoid this hospital acquired infection.

Avoiding Necrotizing Fasciitis, the Flesh Eating Disease, While Hospitalized
Known as the flesh-eating bacteria or flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis can be deadly unless it is caught and treated quickly. Learn how this bacteria infects patients and what can be done to prevent it during a hospital stay.

Hospital Acquired Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci or Enterococcus Infections
VRE, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci or Enterococcus infection is another of the hospital acquired infections that can turn deadly. Smart patients, caregivers and advocates understand the origin of VRE infections so they can take precautions to avoid them.

Acquiring a Central Line Infection in the Hospital
Unlike most of the hospital acquired infections we hear about that reflect either the name of the bacteria that cause them, or describe the results of the infection, central line infections describe the way an infection is delivered to the body. Learn what types of infections can be acquired through central line infections and how to prevent them.

Another Hospital Infection to Beware of: Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Among the hospital infections patients need to be aware of are urinary tract infections. In hospitals, UTIs often result from the use of catheters. However, precautions can be taken to prevent UTIs.

How to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. Here are some steps to help you prevent hospital acquired infections.

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