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Hospital-associated or nosocomial infections are infections occurring in response to hospitalization. Find out more in this article from Vetlexicon Canis from our Educational Partner, Vetstream.

Hospital-associated infections (HAIs) may be endogenous or exogenous, and may develop from the endogenous flora of the patients or from exogenous microorganisms acquired from the environment or other animals or personnel during hospitalization. Infections are considered as hospital-associated if they first appear 48 hours or more after hospital admission or within 30 days after discharge.