Hospital Acquired Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance

Guest Editor: Fatima Khan, Haris M Khan, Indu Shukla, Meher Rizvi, Abida Malik, Asfia Sultan and Nazish Fatima
Editorial Desk

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a threat to patient safety. Hospital Acquired Infections with high levels of antimicrobial resistance are present world over. Hospitals in India have a high burden of infections in their intensive care units (ICU) and general wards, many of which are resistant to antibiotic treatment.
The achievements of modern medicine are put at risk by antimicrobial resistance. The problem of HAI is further complicated by antimicrobial resistance - a huge threat hovering over mankind, a threat which could catapult us to the pre-antibiotic era sooner rather than later unless some drastic, coordinated and uncompromising steps are taken soon.
The major strength amidst disarray is that a large proportion of these hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are preventable with increased infection control measures.
The articles in the special edition of “International Journal of Current Microbiology & Applied Sciences” are full texts of the posters presented in the National Symposium on “Hospital Acquired Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance” organized by the Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital, Aligarh Muslim University, INDIA. Around sixty-five papers were presented in the event. These articles focus mainly on three areas which are of seminal importance i.e., Antimicrobial Resistance, Hospital Acquired Infections and Surveillance of Hospital and Community Acquired Infections.
We hope that the readers and the research workers will find this as a useful source of information. We would like to thank the reviewers who helped us in reviewing the articles and timely recommendations. We also would like to thank the Chief-Editor, Dr. M Prakash, and other staff of the Editorial Section of International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences (IJCMAS), who had faith in us and cooperated at all stages of compilation. Special thanks goes to the authors who contributed their scientific work for publication in the special edition of IJCMAS.
Fatima Khan, Haris M Khan, Indu Shukla, Meher Rizvi, Abida Malik, Asfia Sultan, Nazish Fatima
Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, India