Biofilms in Infection Prevention and Control
A Healthcare Handbook
- Steven Percival, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, UK
- David Williams, Reader in Oral Microbiology, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University, UK
- Tracey Cooper, South London Healthcare NHS Trust, UK
- Jacqueline Randle, Queens Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, UK
Biofilms in Infection and Disease Control: A Healthcare Handbook outlines the scientific evidence and rationale for the prevention of infection, the role biofilms play in infection control, and the issues concerning their resistance to antimicrobials. This book provides practical guidance for healthcare and infection control professionals, as well as students, for preventing and controlling infection.
Biofilms are the most common mode of bacterial growth in nature. Highly resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobials, biofilms are the source of more than 65 percent of health care associated infections (HCAI), which, according to the WHO, affect 1.4 million people annually. Biofilms are involved in 80 percent of all microbial infections in the body, including those associated with medical devices such as catheters, endotracheal tubes, joint prostheses, and heart valves. Biofilms are also the principle causes of infections of the middle-ear, dental caries, gingivitis, prostatitis and cystic fibrosis. Importantly, biofilms also significantly delay wound healing and reduce antimicrobial efficiency in at-risk or infected skin wounds.
Infections control professionals, healthcare professionals, and postgraduate students in medicine, biology, health, and microbiology.