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Type: Artigo
Title: Waterborne Microorganisms And Biofilms Related To Hospital Infections: Strategies For Prevention And Control In Healthcare Facilities
Author: Capelletti
Raquel Vannucci; Moraes
Angela Maria
Abstract: Water is the main stimulus for the development of microorganisms, and its flow has an important role in the spreading of contaminants. In hospitals, the water distribution system requires special attention since it can be a source of pathogens, including those in the form of biofilms often correlated with resistance of microorganisms to various treatments. In this paper, information relevant to cases of nosocomial infections involving water circuits as a source of contaminants is compiled, with emphasis on the importance of microbiological control strategies to prevent the installation, spreading and growth of microorganisms in hospitals. An overview of the worldwide situation is provided, with emphasis on Brazilian hospitals. Different approaches normally used to control the occurrence of nosocomial infections due to waterborne contaminants are analyzed, and the use of the polysaccharide chitosan for this specific application is briefly discussed.
Subject: Antimicrobial Agents
Hospital Infection
Microbial Contamination
Water Contaminants
Editor: IWA Publishing
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.2166/wh.2015.037
Date Issue: 2016
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