Which Factors Predict Hospital-Acquired Late-Onset Neonatal Sepsis?

James W. Gray

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Pediatr Health. 2008;2(4):477-484. 

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Future Perspective

International concern about healthcare-associated infections is likely to stimulate the introduction of more national infection surveillance schemes. The importance of LOS on NICUs should make this a priority area for infection surveillance. Meaningful surveillance of LOS on NICUs will require stratification for risk factors. Large, multicenter trials are urgently required to validate methodologies for reproducible diagnosis of infection, identification of relevant risk factors and analysis of results. The final result should be a substantial reduction in the incidence of healthcare-associated infections in neonates, which should improve clinical outcomes and reduce the length of stay and healthcare costs.

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