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Books, Journals, New Media
October 20, 2004

Hospital Infection

Author Affiliations

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 Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1891-1897. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1896-a

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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