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nosocomial infection (s) (noun), nosocomial infections (pl)
An infection that is acquired in a hospital: Specifically, nosocomial infections are those that are not present nor incubating before patients have been admitted to a medical institution, but such contaminations usually become apparent within 72 hours after admission to the hospital.

Nosocomial infections that were (and are) resistant to antibiotics have become more widespread in infirmaries.

Acquired during treatment, nosocomial infections are produced by microorganisms that dwell in health facilities.

Nosocomial infections are why some people say that a medical center is no place for a sick person.

Nosocomial infections come from the microorganisms and pathogens that thrive in places for the treatment of diseases or arrive with new valetudinarians (sick persons) who go to such institutions.

Many nosocomial infections are spread in numerous ways because organisms can be transmitted:

  • In food and water.
  • In transfused blood and intravenous fluids.
  • In pharmaceuticals or drugs.
  • Through the air.
  • By direct human contacts.
  • On towels and beding (sheets, mattreses, blankets, etc.)
  • Via the housekeeping staff.
  • By some hospital workers who come in direct contact with invalids and don't take the time to, or are not concerned enough to, take the best known precautionary measures; such as, washing their hands properly with fluids that include antimicrobial chemicals instead of just with alcohol and soap.
—Compiled from information presented in
The Consumer's Medical Desk Reference by Charles B. Inlander and the
Staff of the People's Medical Society; The Stonesong Press, Inc.;
New York; 1995; pages 232-235.
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