Hospital Infection Prevention

Principles & Practices

  • Chand Wattal
  • Nancy Khardori

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Mighty World of Microbes: An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Iass El Lakkis, Nancy Khardori
      Pages 3-29
  3. Vaccinations and Infection Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
  4. Current Practices for Infection Prevention in the Hospital Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
  5. Hospital Infection Prevention Program

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Pallab Ray, Lipika Singhal
      Pages 55-64
  6. Infection Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Erin Fortier, Nancy Khardori
      Pages 67-71
    3. Thomas J. Lynch, Erin Fortier, Divya Trehan, Nancy Khardori
      Pages 73-76
  7. Role of Hospital Housekeeping and Materials Management Including Disinfection and Waste Management

  8. Hand Hygiene and Personal Protective Equipment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
  9. Decontamination and Sterilization Procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Chand Wattal, J. K. Oberoi
      Pages 103-120
  10. Monitoring of High-Risk Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Jayashree Sood, Chand Sahai
      Pages 127-131
    3. Bhavna Anand, Kanwal Gujral
      Pages 133-136
    4. Jeewan Garg, Anupam Sachdeva
      Pages 137-142
    5. Ashwini Gupta
      Pages 143-157
    6. Sarika Jain, Rajni Gaind
      Pages 159-165
  11. Infection Prevention for Procedures in Wards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Sushant Wattal, Neeraj Goel
      Pages 169-177

About this book


The art of medicine becomes science when supported by evidence. The recommended practices of infection prevention are based on scientific and epidemiologic evidence. However, most health care professionals see them as mandates and fail to incorporate them into their routine patient care activities. The core goal of this publication is to link the practices  to the principles they are based on. The expectation is that understanding of the principles will change the practices from mandates to "should do" in the minds of health care professionals. This will lead to improvement in health care by preventing unintended harm to patients, co-workers and the communities at large.

At the same time, the text provides a comprehensive, thorough and up to date information on all aspects of infection prevention in a reader-friendly manner and therefore, will serve as a valuable reference.


Disinfection Hospital acquired infection Hospital infection control Reuse of devices Sterilization

Editors and affiliations

  • Chand Wattal
    • 1
  • Nancy Khardori
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical Microbiology & ImmunologySir Ganga Ram HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineEastern Virginia Medical SchoolVirginiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer India 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-1607-0
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-1608-7
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