Molecular epidemiology in healthcare-associated infections: guidelines of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI)

Stefania Boccia, Martina Barchitta, Marco Colotto, Carolina Ianuale, Annalisa Quattrocchi, Antonella Agodi

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Abstract

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are the most frequent and severe complication acquired in healthcare settings and have a significant impact in terms of morbidity, mortality and costs. This document is aimed at different health professionals and focuses on the role of molecular epidemiology in the prevention and management of these infections. It describes the role of molecular characterization and of bioinformatics archives, the organizational levels of laboratories, the evidence regarding cost-effectiveness, ethical aspects related to HAI, and highlights some specific peculiarities of Italy. Molecular epidemiology is an indispensable tool and should be part of a multidisciplinary approach in the proper management of HAI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-325
Number of pages81
JournalIgiene e sanità pubblica
Volume71
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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