Biofilms In Infection Prevention And Control: A Healthcare Handbook by Steven L. PercivalBiofilms In Infection Prevention And Control: A Healthcare Handbook by Steven L. Percival

Biofilms In Infection Prevention And Control: A Healthcare Handbook

bySteven L. PercivalEditorDavid Williams, Tracey Cooper

Hardcover | February 26, 2014

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Biofilms in Infection and Disease Control: A Healthcare Handbookoutlines the scientific evidence and rationale for the prevention of infection, the role biofilms play in infection control, and the issues concerning their resistance to antimicrobials. This book provides practical guidance for healthcare and infection control professionals, as well as students, for preventing and controlling infection.

Biofilms are the most common mode of bacterial growth in nature. Highly resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobials, biofilms are the source of more than 65 percent of health care associated infections (HCAI), which, according to the WHO, affect 1.4 million people annually. Biofilms are involved in 80 percent of all microbial infections in the body, including those associated with medical devices such as catheters, endotracheal tubes, joint prostheses, and heart valves. Biofilms are also the principle causes of infections of the middle-ear, dental caries, gingivitis, prostatitis and cystic fibrosis. Importantly, biofilms also significantly delay wound healing and reduce antimicrobial efficiency in at-risk or infected skin wounds.

  • Provides specific procedures for controlling and preventing infection
  • Includes case studies of HCAI, and identifies appropriate treatments
  • Presents national government standards for infection prevention and control
  • Includes extensive references and links to websites for further information
Professor Steven L. Percival holds a PhD in medical microbiology and biofilms, a BSc in Applied Biological Sciences, PostgraduateCertificate in Education, diploma in Business Administration, an MSc in Public Health and an MSc in Medical and MolecularMicrobiology. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science and Institute ...
Title:Biofilms In Infection Prevention And Control: A Healthcare HandbookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:394 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 26, 2014Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0123970431

ISBN - 13:9780123970435

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Infection and Prevention
2 Infection Prevention: Principles of Safe Practice in Healthcare
3 Hand Hygiene
4 Decontamination
5 Challenges to Healthcare Providers
6 Changing Practice
7 Introduction to Invasive Devices
8 Introduction to Biofilms
9 Biofilm Control and Resistance in the Healthcare Setting or Biofilms and HAI
10 Biofilms and infection control in Intravascular Catheters
11 Biofilms and Endotracheal Tubes
12 Antimicrobial Chemotherapy: Significance to Healthcare
13 Biofilms and Recalcitrance
14 Microbial Resistance and Superbugs
15 Preventing Infection Associated with Urethral Catheter Biofilms
16 Hospital Water Supplies and Biofilm Control
17 Preventing Wound Infection and Biofilms

Editorial Reviews

"Many of the initial chapters...serve as review for practitioners who are experienced in infection prevention...the later chapters on biofilms and the role of biofilms in infection prevention will be of interest to these readers. Rating: 3 Stars"-- Doody', September 12 2014