Nosocomial Infections: Definition, Causes & Prevention


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The most likely agents to cause a nosocomial infection include:

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1. A hospital-acquired infection is referred to as a _____.

2. Emily is on her way to visit a friend in a hospital. She's healthy, but as she's walking towards the hospital she trips, opening a small wound in her leg. Does she have a high likelihood of getting a nosocomial infection? Why or why not?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By examining how going to the hospital can actually be dangerous, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of nosocomial infections. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the agents causing nosocomial infections as well as knowing what a nosocomial infection is.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Agents causing nosocomial infections
  • Definition of a nosocomial infection
  • Factor increasing the likelihood of such an infection
  • Results of not washing your hands
  • Characteristics of bacteria causing infection

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the factor increasing the likelihood of such an infection and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the agents causing nosocomial infections
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related nosocomial infection lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about what can happen when sick patients gather together, review the corresponding lesson on Nosocomial Infections: Definition, Causes & Prevention. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what nosocomial infection are
  • Explain why nosocomial infection may occur
  • Identify the main agents in the infection
  • Describe the characteristics of each agent
  • Know where the infections usually occur in the body