Aging is associated with an increased frequency and severity of many infectious diseases, including nosocomial infections in the hospital and nursing home. An age-related decline in host defense functions is the primary explanation for this phenomenon. The epidemiology, morbidity, mortality, and preventive aspects of nosocomial infections in the elderly are reviewed in this article.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Infectious disease clinics of North America|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases