Nosocomial infections in the general pediatric wards of a hospital in Turkey

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Balaban I., Tanir G., Timur Ö. M., Öz F. N., Teke T. A., BAYHAN G. İ., ...More

Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol.65, no.4, pp.318-321, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.7883/yoken.65.318
  • Journal Name: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.318-321
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: No


The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence, type, and clinical features of nosocomial infections (NIs), their etiological distribution, and the antibiotic resistance patterns of causative organisms in the general pediatric wards of a hospital in Turkey over a 3-year period. The Hospital Infection Control Committee NI surveillance reports were used as a database. NIs were detected in 171 (2.25z) of the 7,594 hospitalized patients. Some of these patients experienced more than 1 episode, and thus, the total NI episodes were 229. Patients' age varied from 1 to 144 months (mean ± standard deviation, 14.5 ± 23.6 months). The NI rate was 3.02z, and the NI density was 3.17/1,000 patient days. The most frequent NIs were lower respiratory system infections, blood stream infections, and urinary tract infections. Gram-negative organisms were the most frequently isolated agents. Of the 171 patients with NIs, 47 (27.5z) died.