HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Hospital acquired infections present major problem for infants in developing countries

Rates of neonatal infections in hospital born babies are up to 20 times higher in developing countries than in industrialised countries, reveals a review in this week's issue of THE LANCET.

Neonatal deaths account for over one-third of the global burden of child mortality. Infections are the major cause of neonatal deaths in developing countries. (See The Lancet Neonatal Survival Series, March 2005) Data suggest that unhygienic practices in labour and delivery, and in after-birth care, put babies in the developing world at great risk of infections and death soon after birth.

Anita Zaidi (Aga Khan University, Pakistan) and colleagues reviewed data from developing countries on rates of neonatal infections among hospital-born babies. They found that bacteria such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus are the major causes of neonatal infections and deaths in hospital settings. Unhygienic conditions prevailing in hospitals of developing countries mean that babies born in such hospitals may be facing the same or even higher risk of infection as babies born at home by untrained attendants, state the authors. The main source of spread of infection for Staphylococcus aureus is the hands of health care providers. The authors also found that antimicrobial resistance in newborn nurseries in developing countries has reached alarming levels. They estimate that 70% of pathogens isolated from bloodstream infections in babies in hospital nurseries may not be treatable by the antibiotics ampicillin and gentamicin, which are currently recommended by the World Health Organisation for this purpose. The high proportion of the meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains in many areas, especially south Asia where 56% of all isolates were reported to be meticillin-resistant, is also of concern.

Dr Zaidi comments: "Infections in neonates in hospitals have another, unrecognised detrimental effect on neonatal survival. When hospitals are see
'"/>

Contact: Joe Santangelo
j.santangelo@elsevier.com
1-212-633-3810
Lancet
24-Mar-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Hospitals may now be more willing to partner up with former adversaries
2. Northwestern Memorial Hospital honored with one of the nations top awards for quality
3. Society of Hospital Medicine to launch new medical journal
4. Surgeon General at Childrens Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
5. Northwestern Memorial Hospital receives $10 million commitment to support preeminent heart program
6. Childrens Hospital Oakland opens new $5.6 million infectious disease lab
7. Brenner Childrens Hospital named to NIH Pediatric Heart Network
8. Hospital admissions for asthma more likely for ethnic minorities in the UK
9. Society of Hospital Medicine selects John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to publish The Hospitalist Newsletter
10. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt ranked 8th in nation by Child magazine
11. Prentiss Foundation awards $5 million to University Hospitals

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the ... national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps ... provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Many families have long-term insurance that covers care for a ... waiver for care if the client has a cognitive impairment diagnosis. , “What ... is often waived, so the benefits from their insurance start immediately,” said Mechell Vieira, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural ... views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of ... popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation ... scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and ... aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its highly anticipated ... for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire Mobile ... the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the lowering of ... ... By ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... 6, 2017   Provista, a proven leader ... billion in purchasing power, today announced a new resource ... The Newsroom is the online home for case ... expert bios, news releases, slideshows and events. ... wealth of resources at their fingertips, viewers can also ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product ... training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate ... cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to the dated ... real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression for a ... has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: