Modeling Antibiotic Resistance Epidemics in Hospitals

Glenn Webb
Department of Mathematics
Vanderbilt University

Hospital acquired (nosocomial) infections caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens are a serious public health problem. Mathematical models provide a means to study the transmission dynamics of nosocomial epidemics in hospitals. The models focus on healthcare worker contamination by patients, patient infection by healthcare w1orkers, and antibiotic exposure of patients. The models allow analysis of intervention measures designed to reduce the severity of nosocomial epidemics.

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