Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA ; David H. Morse,
MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review
The third edition of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection
Control is a welcome update for an area that has undergone dramatic
changes since the last edition was published in 1999. The 18 sections and
113 chapters discuss common subjects (eg, the chapter on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]) and not-so-common issues
(eg, the chapter “Epidemiology and Prevention of Nosocomial Infections
Associated with Animals in the Hospital”).
The basic outline has not changed appreciably since the last edition.
The chapters on biostatistics and applied epidemiology are well written and
user friendly, even to those with limited background knowledge. The section
on informatics has been updated to include a new chapter on the use of the
personal computer, which also discusses using various software programs for
epidemiologic purposes. As in the previous edition, there are separate chapters
on S aureus and MRSA. The chapter on vancomycin-resistant S aureus is relatively current, as is the section on vancomycin-resistant
enterococcus. The chapters on surgical site infections, nosocomial pneumonia,
intravenous line infections, and antimicrobial resistance have been updated
to reflect changes. Six well-written chapters deal with common nosocomial
infections in pediatric patients.
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