Common infections

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Abstract

Infections represent a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the homebound patient. These patients, particularly those who are elderly, are at an increased risk of infection due to their multiple comorbidities, poor nutritional status, general debility, and reduced immunity [1]. Pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and cellulitis are some of the most common acute infections that homebound patients face and clinicians are challenged to treat. This chapter will discuss the diagnosis, etiologies, and therapeutic options for this group of diseases. Each specific infection has its own methodology for diagnosis and treatment in the home, as delineated by various current clinical practice guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeriatric Home-Based Medical Care
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages173-193
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319233659
ISBN (Print)9783319233642
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Aspiration
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Cellulitis
  • Common infections
  • Community-acquired pneumonia
  • Complicated UTI
  • MRSA cellulitis
  • MRSA infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Soft tissue infection
  • Staph infection
  • Staphylococcus
  • Streptococcus
  • UTI
  • Uncomplicated UTI
  • Urinary tract infection

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