People are more vulnerable to infection at the extremes of age for a variety of reasons, the most important being that they are more likely to be in hospital in a crowded ward environment and to be at risk from hospital acquired infection.
Recognition of this increased vulnerability to infection should be accompanied by equal emphasis on their increased susceptibility to nosocomial disease arising from the diagnosis or treatment of infection.
An economic evaluation of infection at the extremes of age should include an assessment of need made in terms of the capacity of patients to benefit from investigation or treatment.
Benefits should not be confused with treatment effects such as reduction in pyrexia or correction of other physiological abnormalities.
Mots-clés Pascal : Article synthèse, Infection, Epidémiologie, Economie santé, Vieillard, Homme, Nouveau né
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Review, Infection, Epidemiology, Health economy, Elderly, Human, Newborn
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0683705
Code Inist : 002B05A03. Création : 09/06/1995.