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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

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ALMEIDA, Regina Capanema de  and  PEDROSO, Roberto Pietra. Nosocomial infection in long-term care facilities. A survey in a Brazilian psychiatric hospital. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 1999, vol.41, n.6, pp.365-370. ISSN 1678-9946.

Nosocomial infection among male patients in a public psychiatric hospital was studied and the definitions for use in long-term care facilities were employed for diagnosis. The overall nosocomial infection rate was 6.7 per 1,000 day inpatients; 55.6% of these infections were identified in the respiratory tract, 50% of them being respiratory viral diseases; 38.9% of the nosocomial infections involved the eyes, ears, nose, throat and mouth, and 5.6% involved the skin and soft tissues. The epidemiological characteristics and the main clinical alterations of these inpatients were also identified.

Keywords : Nosocomial Infection; Psychiatric Hospitals; Long-Term Care Facilities.

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