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Microbes Infect. 2004 Sep;6(11):1043-8.

Microbiology of nosocomial infections: progress and challenges.

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Service de Microbiologie, Microbiology Department, Université Libre de Bruxelles-Hopital Erasme, 808, route de Lennik, 1070 Brussels, Belgium. marc.struelens@ulb.ac.be

Abstract

Technological advances have expanded the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory in supporting management and control of health-care-associated infections (HAI). Diagnostic capabilities have been complemented by new methods for characterisation of microbial antigens and nucleic acids. Genomic "fingerprinting" enables the study of transmission of nosocomial pathogens. Monitoring of their antimicrobial resistance patterns has gained critical importance. However, cost-effective application of microbiological testing for improved treatment and prevention of HAI requires further study.

PMID:
15345237
DOI:
10.1016/j.micinf.2004.05.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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