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Please tell me what are hospital acquired infections?

Please tell me what are hospital acquired infections?

As the name implies: Infections that you get while you are in the hospital for a different reason. They are usually more resistant to available treatment (though it may not always be the case). ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is it possible for a baby to acquire infection while in the womb?

Is it possible for a baby to acquire infection while in the womb?

Yes: Any illness that mom experiences during pregnancy that has a "blood" phase (germs circulating in the blood) can pass that to baby. That includes std's(syphillis, aids), viruses like the flu, chickenpox& rubella. After the water breaks, the baby can acquire germs from mothers vaginal tract like group b strep. ...Read more

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Which test do they do in the hospital to see if you have an MRSA aquired infection?

Which test do they do in the hospital to see if you have an MRSA aquired infection?

More info: Colonization with MRSA is usually checked with a nasal swab. Infection in blood is checked in blood cultures and sometimes wound cultures are taken if there is a wound. What are your symptoms and where is your infection? ...Read more

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How could my husband acquire an infection after we had sex last week when we both believe i don’t have it? I have no symptoms. Thanks!

How could my husband acquire an infection after we had sex last week when we both believe i don’t have it? I have no symptoms. Thanks!

What infection?: There are several infections which can be transmitted sexually when one partner has no symptoms. Women may be long term carriers of several stds without manifestations, and men can also do this to women. ...Read more

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I recently acquired a mouse problem and have to clean up a lot of it on my own. Whats the risk of lcmv infection & the risks to my baby at 37 weeks?

I recently acquired a mouse problem and have to clean up a lot of it on my own. Whats the risk of lcmv infection & the risks to my baby at 37 weeks?

Mouse in the house!!: Risks are very low unless mouse contaminates food. Wear gloves to clean up droppings. Disinfect areas. Disinfect counters. Clean spills right away. ...Read more

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I'm having an arthroscopic ACL surgery in a few days; what are my chances of acquiring an infection?

I'm having an arthroscopic ACL surgery in a few days; what are my chances of acquiring an infection?

Ask the surgeon: You surgeon keeps up with the hospital statistics on infections. You can also ask him what his personal infection rate is. Talking to your doctors is your best defense against infection as you will need to follow their directions after the procedure. ...Read more

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What do you know about MRSA and hospital acquired infections?

What do you know about MRSA and hospital acquired infections?

Lots.: There are two types of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) infections: hospital-acquired and community acquired. Both are serious, in that MRSA bacteria are resistant to many types of antibiotics, so treatment options are limited. They are also contagious. Don't fool around with MRSA - see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Could I get a hospital-acquired infection if I am only in the ER for a couple of hours?

Yes.: Yes. But a longer stay in one of the hospital wards would increase the likelihood. Currently, there is a very big push to decrease the number of hospital acquired infections, and the numbers are going down. ...Read more