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Healthcare-associated Infections

 

A new report from CDC updates previous estimates of healthcare-associated infections. In American hospitals alone, healthcare-associated infections account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. Of these infections:
  • 32 percent of all healthcare-associated infection are urinary tract infections
  • 22 percent are surgical site infections
  • 15 percent are pneumonia (lung infections)
  • 14 percent are bloodstream infections

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Clostridium sporogenes - Copyright Dennis Kunkel Microscopy

 

 

Clostridium sporogenes - Gram-positive, anaerobic, endospore-forming, rod prokaryote. Seen here are the rod-shaped vegetative cells and endospore-forming cells (bulbous shaped rods). Clostridium sporogenes is widely distributed in nature and also in the intestines of animals. This bacterium frequently occurs in the intestines of humans and many domestic and feral animals. It can lead to gaseous gangrene in humans. Spores persist in soil and areas subject to human or animal fecal pollution. Clostridium sporogenes is the organism most frequently used for conducting inoculated pack studies in low acid foods.

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