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Hospital Acquired Infections

Definition A hospital-acquired infection, also called a nosocomial infection, is an infection that first appears between 48 hours and four days after a patient is admitted to a hospital or other health-care facility. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Infections

Orthopaedic infections can be devastating. Disease-carrying bacteria, viruses and parasites that get into the body can destroy healthy tissue, multiply and spread through blood. Infection of skin and other soft tissue can lead to infection of bones (osteomyelitis) and joints (septic arthritis). Without prompt treatment, orthopaedic infections can become chronic. Thus, even a small scratch on the fingertip has the potential to permanently disable your hand, or worse. Fortunately, early diagnosis, appropriate antibiotic therapy and surgical intervention when required can cure most infections and prevent permanent problems.

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National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation

Our Mission: To educate for public awareness, recognition of symptoms and preventative measures; to offer resources; and to offer support for those affected by necrotizing fasciitis ("flesh eating disease").

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Necrotizing Fasciitis

BC Health Files What is Necrotizing Fasciitis? Necrotizing fasciitis (neck-roe-tie-zing fa-shee-eye-tis) is more commonly known by the public as flesh-eating disease. The disease got this nickname as it can spread through human tissue (flesh), destroying it at a rate of almost three centimetres (1 inch) per hour. In some cases death can occur within 18 hours. When the bacteria spread along the layers of tissue that surround muscle (called the fascia), it is called necrotizing fasciitis.

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Necrotizing Fasciitis

Diving Medicine Articles Necrotizing Fasciitis A DAN Member's Brush With the Rare Flesh-Eating Disease Ends Well By Laurie Gowen, DAN Medical Information Specialist What's necrotizing fasciitis? The quick answer is that it's an insidious infection of the soft tissue that causes death of the infected area. It can ruin a perfectly good dive trip, or worse.

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Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections

Necrotizing soft-tissue infection is a severe type of tissue infection that can involve the skin, subcutaneous fat, the muscle sheath (fascia), and the muscle. It can cause gangrene, tissue death, systemic disease, and death.

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What Is Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a bacterial infection. This bacteria attacks the soft tissue and the fascia, which is a sheath of tissue covering the muscle. NF can occur in an extremity following a minor trauma, or after some other type of opportunity for the bacteria to enter the body such as surgery. The Group A Strep infection (flesh eating bacteria) is most common with minor trauma. A mixed bacterial infection is often the cause after surgery.

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