Imagine this – you are diagnosed with a serious but treatable medical condition that requires surgery and a hospital stay. While you are recovering in the ICU you add a new word to your vocabulary: nosocomial. This refers to the kind of infection you can get from being exposed to bacteria such as the usually harmless Acinetobacter baumannii in a hospital setting. It may start as a chronic problem around your catheter site and cause little or no symptoms. (more…)