Nosocomial infection rates in veterinary referral hospitals : using syndromic surveillance to establish baseline rates
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Nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infections are considered to be the most common complication affecting hospitalized human patients, but their impact on hospitalized veterinary patients is less well understood. In fact, the incidence of nosocomial infections that occur in veterinary hospitals has not been established. There is evidence, however, that nosocomial infections are of great consequence in veterinary medicine and can have considerable negative effects on the individual patient as well as on the veterinary hospital as a whole. Due to the increased risk of infection in hospitalized ...