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June 9, 1989

Hospital-Acquired Infection in the Pediatric Patient

JAMA. 1989;261(22):3316. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420220130047

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The stated goal of this book is to serve as a reference on nosocomial infections and their management as they occur in the pediatric patient. To my knowledge, this text is unique in this respect.

This book is not a textbook of bacteriology or of pediatric infectious disease. Attention is focused on specific infections that present distinct infection control issues in pediatrics. Subject matter is organized into four sections: by site (eg, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, surgical wounds, etc), by pathogen (eg, varicella, hepatitis, and respiratory syncytial virus), management of high-risk patients (eg, the neonate and the immunocompromised patient), and personnel and policies relating to infection control. The editor has chosen a highly skilled group of contributors; indeed, the names read like a current Who's Who in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

The book will be a handy reference for all who care for hospitalized children. Despite the increased trends for shortened