Biofilms in Infection Prevention and Control, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123977517
  • ISBN-13: 9780123977519
  • DDC: 610.28
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 394 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Biofilms in Infection and Disease Control: A Healthcare Handbook outlines the scientific evidence and rationale for the prevention of infection, the role biofilms play in infection control, and the issues concerning their resistance to antimicrobials. This book provides practical guidance for healthcare and infection control professionals, as well as students, for preventing and controlling infection. Biofilms are the most common mode of bacterial growth in nature. Highly resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobials, biofilms are the source of more than 65 percent of health care associated infections (HCAI), which, according to the WHO, affect 1.4 million people annually. Biofilms are involved in 80 percent of all microbial infections in the body, including those associated with medical devices such as catheters, endotracheal tubes, joint prostheses, and heart valves. Biofilms are also the principle causes of infections of the middle-ear, dental caries, gingivitis, prostatitis and cystic fibrosis. Importantly, biofilms also significantly delay wound healing and reduce antimicrobial efficiency in at-risk or infected skin wounds.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
List of Exhibits.
1: Fundamentals of Infection Control.
2: Introduction to Infection and Infection Prevention.
3: Infection Prevention: Principles of Safe Practice in Healthcare.
4: Hand Hygiene.
5: Decontamination.
6: Challenges to Healthcare Providers.
7: Changing Practice.
8: Invasive Devices.
9: Wounds and Infection.
10: Biofilms and Infection Control.
11: Biofilms: From Concept to Reality.
12: Healthcare-Associated Infections and Biofilms.
13: Biofilms’ Role in Intravascular Catheter Infections.
14: Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Endotracheal Tubes and Biofilms.
15: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy: Significance to Healthcare.
16: An Introduction to the Biology of Biofilm Recalcitrance.
17: Microbial Resistance and Superbugs.
18: Preventing Infection Associated with Urethral Catheter Biofilms.
19: Presence and Control of Legionella Pneumophila and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilms in Hospital Water Systems.
20: Wound Infection and Biofilms.