Nosocomial Transmission: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

  • M.J.M. BontenEmail author
  • M.C.J. Bootsma
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)


Nosocomial, or hospital-acquired , infections are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in health-care settings. Within hospitals, we find a gathering of patients with a weakened immune system, who receive all kinds of treatment that may even further weaken host defense mechanisms and that may break natural barriers against pathogens by surgery or by inserting intravascular lines. In such circumstances, even microorganisms that are generally considered harmless may cause fulminate infections.


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Rapid Diagnostic Test Hand Hygiene Transmission Route Diagnostic Delay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Microbiology and the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary CareUniversity Medical Center UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Science, Department of MathematicsUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care University Medical Center UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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