Call for healthcare research into hospital infections in children

13th April 2011

More healthcare research is needed to discover the effect of hospital-associated infections on children and the necessary prevention procedures, doctors have said.

A recent commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that there are differences between adult and paediatric patients regarding the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, which means that more research is required into the way children react.

The rates of infection between adults and children differ, showing that one group is more susceptible and needs increased prevention treatment, yet surveillance of the two groups is broadly the same.

Commentary author Dr Camille Sabella, from the University of Cleveland in America, said: "Precise definitions need to be established, rigorous research needs to be performed, and best practices need to be identified, agreed upon, and implemented. Health care-associated infections in children need to be studied in a systematic manner, collaborating efforts need to take place to develop and introduce best practices, and the resources devoted to the task by funding agencies and hospitals need to be equitable."

Healthcare associated infections have become a matter of concern in the UK in recent years. The Department of Health promotes clinical cleanliness in a bid to stem the spreading of any infection.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1. Foster, Charles B, and Sabella, Camille MD. "Healthcare-associated infections in children at Cleveland Children's Hospital." Journal of American Medical Association, 13th April 2011.

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