Nosocomial infections in the elderly.

P. W. Smith

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-777
Number of pages15
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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