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Unformatted text preview: 1. Microorganisms in the hospital environment—in spite of major efforts to control them, large numbers of pathogens live in hospitals. Common organisms include: a. Staphylococcus aureus b. Escherichia coli c. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Unfortunately, many of the strains found in hospitals are resistant to antibiotics. 2. Compromised host---patients weakened by other illnesses or conditions, including broken skin and a suppressed immune system. Invasive procedures such as anesthesia and surgery also increase the risk. 3. Chain of transmission in the hospital a. Direct contact transmission from hospital staff to patient b. Patient to patient c. Fomites d. Ventilation system...
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- Fall '09
- cough, Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile