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Discover a practical, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention and management of nosocomial infection.  Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, Fourth Edition, continues to build upon its well-earned acclaim as the most comprehensive reference on hospital epidemiology and infection control.

 Over 150 leading authorities have contributed their expertise to the text, examining every type of nosocomial infection as well as issues relating to surveillance, prevention, and control of these infections in patients and in healthcare workers.

 This new edition features new or significantly increased coverage of emerging infectious diseases, avian influenza (“bird flu”), governmental regulation of infection control and payment practices related to hospital-acquired infections, molecular epidemiology, the increasing prevalence of community-acquired MRSA in healthcare facilities, system-wide infection control provisions for healthcare systems, hospital infection control issues following natural disasters, and antimicrobial stewardship in reducing the development of antimicrobial-resistant organisms.

New and updated features include…

• New chapters address mechanisms of biofilm formation in staphylococci, microbiologic sampling of the environment in healthcare facilities, antimicrobial stewardship, and elements of design   in the built environment of the healthcare facility.
• NEW companion website offers extensive additional references for most chapters, as well as additional content useful in highly specialized circumstances
• Fully updated references cite established and emerging research into the prevention and management of hospital-acquired infection.   
• Enhanced clinical focus provides useful information and strategies readers can put into practice immediately. 

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul O'Keefe
This new book is a multiauthored, encyclopedic text covering epidemiology and biostatistics, nosocomial infections categorized in separate sections by organ involved and by pathogen, infections related to specific procedures such as endoscopy or cardiac catheterization, infections unique to hospital support services, fractions in health care workers, and several other specialized areas. Very useful chapters on special populations, anesthesia-related infections, spinal cord injury patients, and nosocomial legionella disease each present comprehensive background and practical guidelines for surveillance and control. The editor has intended to cover all of the information pertinent to hospital epidemiology and infection control including program organization, data management, decision analysis, and quality improvement. The author has succeeded in providing a comprehensive, very useful reference where no previous textbook has achieved this purpose. Although intended for hospital epidemiologists and infection control practitioners, the book will be an excellent and practical reference for infectious disease residents, fellows, and clinicians seeking authoritative information in the field. The organization is well displayed in the table of contents, and the index is comprehensive and well documented. It contains useful summary-type tables compiled by each author. The illustrations are appropriately chosen and usually well described either in the text or the legend. All the current summaries of the CDC infection control guidelines are also included, and therefore available in one place. With this book, Dr. Mayhall has succeeded in providing his readers with a comprehensive, well-written,and useful reference text in the field. All aspects are covered in a way that the reader with a question or problem can find current information as well as detailed and practical solutions without having to consult other sources. The book's organization is complex and promotes some repetition of the material, but the information is located logically for the reader. This book will become the standard and should be read by epidemiologists, infection control practitioners, and clinicians in the field.
Mark E. Rupp
In this comprehensive textbook the field of hospital epidemiology and infection control is covered. Many contributors authored the 100 different chapters that make up this second edition text. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference with descriptions of the practice and principles of infection control and hospital epidemiology. This second edition includes updates and fills gaps from the first edition. The book will serve as a reference for anyone in the field of infection control, from the beginning trainee to the seasoned professional. The 100 chapters, ranging from principles of biostatistics and epidemiology to specific nosocomial pathogens, are organized into 15 major groups. The text is encyclopedic and very well referenced. It is well organized, so the reader can answer specific questions about specific infection control problems or can get broad information about epidemiologic principles. The tables and figures are clearly presented and help to emphasize major points. The only shortcoming is that in this rapidly changing field, some of the newer developments in technology could not be reflected in the references. Additional chapters could be added on epidemiologic typing techniques, antibiotic utilization, and infection control issues in xenotransplantation. This textbook sets the standard for others in the field. The second edition is fully updated and has filled some of the gaps from the first edition. Overall, this volume is an excellent reference that will be quite valuable to those in the field of infection control.
New edition of a reference text on hospital epidemiology and infection control, still a major problem in healthcare. One hundred chapters discuss applied epidemiology and biostatistics; computers in hospital epidemiology; epidemiology and prevention of nosocomial infections of organ systems, of those caused by specific pathogens, in pediatric and special patient populations and in health care workers; infections associated with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and related to hospital support services; disinfection and sterilization; airborn infections; antimicrobial agents; the literature on the topic; organization and implementation of infection control programs; and control in special settings for healthcare delivery. Mayhall is professor of internal medicine and hospital epidemiologist at the U. of Texas medical school, hospitals, and clinics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: Farrin A Manian, MD, MPH (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a multiauthored book on healthcare epidemiology and infection control, particularly in hospital settings. An online version also is available with an access code provided in the book. First published in 1996, the book's second and third editions appeared in 1999 and 2004, respectively.
Purpose: This is intended as a comprehensive and up-to-date reference guide for the daily practice of healthcare epidemiology, a laudable goal that is generally met. This is one of the most comprehensive books on healthcare epidemiology available.
Audience: The intended audience includes any healthcare professionals who are closely involved in the practice of healthcare epidemiology, particularly in hospital settings, e.g. hospital epidemiologists, infectious disease physicians, and infection preventionists. However, other healthcare providers involved in the everyday care of patients or those involved in quality improvement also may benefit from this book. The editor and many of the authors are recognized authorities in the field.
Features: This 1,576 page tome is divided into 17 sections and 104 chapters. As expected, early chapters cover the principles and basic aspects of healthcare epidemiology including biostatistics, data collection, and investigation of outbreaks. Sections on healthcare quality improvement and informatics discuss timely topics such as creating a culture of excellence, public reporting of healthcare-associated infections, and use of electronic health records as an essential tool in modern healthcare epidemiology. Many subsequent chapters focus on organ or pathogen- specific infections and their prevention. Remaining sections deal with disinfection and sterilization, use of antimicrobial agents and infection control, and bioterrorism, among other topics. The book is well written in an easy-to-understand style. New chapters in this edition on antimicrobial stewardship and microbiologic sampling of the environment are particularly welcome and relevant in the everyday efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections. Aside from its often comprehensive discussion, the book also provides ample tables and illustrations. The section on epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections in special patient populations such as dental, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and obstetric, spinal cord injury, cancer, and organ transplant, is particularly useful. Also noteworthy are chapters on practical topics such as prevention of occupationally acquired infections in posthospital healthcare workers, and epidemiology and prevention of infections in home healthcare. A few shortcomings are worthy of discussion. First, there are occasional factual misstatements, such as lung infection being the second most common cause of healthcare-associated infections (urinary tract and surgical site infections usually outnumber pneumonia cases, particularly in the current era of implementation of ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention bundles) and herpes zoster in an immunocompromised host requiring only contact precautions (vs. additional airborne precautions as stated in another chapter). Second, chapters on everyday topics such as antimicrobial stewardship, economic analysis in healthcare epidemiology, and prevention of infections in home health settings appear to be covered in less depth (nine pages or less) compared to more theoretical issues, such as preparedness for a bioterrorist attack with smallpox (15 pages). Lastly, although there are ample references, only a relatively few are fully quoted in the print version. For example, of 484 references in the chapter on infections related to animals in the hospital, only 17 are fully quoted in the print version. This poses a bit of inconvenience for readers who may not have ready access to, or do not wish to read, the online version (there may still be a reason why some prefer to read the print version).
Assessment: The complex field of healthcare epidemiology and infection control demands an up-to-date comprehensive and practical book for those in the trenches. Look no further - this is it!

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781742580
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/12/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 2060
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Section I Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control

  2. Principles of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology. Walter J. Hierholzer, Jr., Lennox K. Archibald
  3. Modern Quantitative Epidemiology in the Hospital. Jonathan Freeman, Jerome I. Tokars
  4. Biostatistics for Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control. Elizabeth A. Tolley
  5. Principles of Healthcare Epidemiology. Richard P. Wenzel, Mary D. Nettleman
  6. Data Collection in Healthcare Epidemiology. Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Ronald I. Shorr
  7. Dramatic Improvements in Healthcare Quality:You Can do it Too. Peter A. Gross
  8. Investigation of Outbreaks. William R. Jarvis
  9. Pseudoinfections and Pseudo-outbreaks. Burke A. Cunha

    Section II Healthcare Quality Improvement

  10. How to Select Improvement Projects. David Birnbaum
  11. Selection of Quality Improvement Tools and Methods. Robert Burney, Ron Berglund
  12. Collecting Data for Actions. Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Ronald I. Shorr
  13. Selecting Change Implementation Strategies. Jan Bower, Marisel Segarra-Newnham, Alan Tice
  14. Selecting Successful Health System Managing Approaches. Ulises Ruiz, José Simon

    Section III Informatics in Healthcare Epidemiology

  15. Computer Fundamentals for Healthcare Epidemiology. John A. Sellick
  16. Using the Personal Computer for Healthcare Epidemiology. Keith Woeltje, Rebecca Wurtz
  17. The Computer-Based Patient Record as a Tool for Healthcare Epidemiology. David C. Classen, Stanley L. Pestotnik

    Section IV Epidemiology and Prevention of Nosocomial Infections of Organ Systems

  18. Nosocomial Infections Related to Use of Intravascular Devices Inserted for Short-Term Vascular Access. Barry M. Farr
  19. Nosocomial Infections Related to Use of Intravascular Devices Inserted for Long-Term Vascular Access. Issam I. Raad, Hend A. Hanna
  20. Nosocomial Bacteremia. Mark E. Rupp
  21. Nosocomial Urinary Tract Infections. John P. Burke
  22. Surgical Site Infections. Edward S. Wong
  23. Nosocomial Pneumonia. Marc J.M. Bonten, Dennis C.J.J. Bergmans
  24. Nosocomial Sinusitis. Marc J. M. Bonten
  25. Nosocomial Gastrointestinal Tract Infections. Barry M. Farr
  26. Burn Wound Infections. C. Glen Mayhall
  27. Nosocomial Ocular Infections. David J. Weber, William A. Rutala
  28. Nosocomial Central Nervous System Infections. Nelson M. Gantz

    Section V Epidemiology and Prevention of Nosocomial Infections Caused by Specific Pathogens

    Part A. Bacterial Infections

  29. Staphylococcus aureus. Joseph F. John, Neil L. Barg
  30. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Alan I. Hartstein, Thomas J. Sebastian, Larry J. Stausbaugh
  31. Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci. John M. Boyce
  32. Streptococci. Kent B. Crossley
  33. Enterococcus Species. Carol E. Chenoweth
  34. Enterobacteriaceae. Stephanie R. Black, Marc J. M. Bonten, Robert A. Weinstein
  35. Nonfermentative Gram- Negative Bacilli. John P. Flaherty, Valentina Stosor
  36. Nosocomial Legionella Infection. Janet E. Stout, Victor L. Yu
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