Nosocomial infections in the elderly.

P. W. Smith

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Abstract

Aging is associated with an increased frequency and severity of many infectious diseases, including nosocomial infections in the hospital and nursing home. An age-related decline in host defense functions is the primary explanation for this phenomenon. The epidemiology, morbidity, mortality, and preventive aspects of nosocomial infections in the elderly are reviewed in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-777
Number of pages15
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Volume3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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