Definition of cross infection in English:

cross infection

noun

  • [mass noun] The transfer of infection, especially to a hospital patient with a different infection or between different species of animal or plant:

    ‘complications of scarlet fever are caused by cross infection with strains other than the original streptococcus’
    ‘cross infection of the virus between cattle and sheep’
    • ‘The focus of one systematic review is double gloving by members of the scrubbed surgical team to reduce cross infection.’
    • ‘At the time 20% of all infants admitted developed gastroenteritis, and 5% died not from their original complaint but from cross infection.’
    • ‘Developments in the twentieth century included improvements in dental materials, the introduction of the ‘high-speed’ drills, and greater emphasis on instrument sterility and cross infection control.’
    • ‘The result has been a decline in incidence of cross infection.’
    • ‘With that in mind, prescription must be part of a package that includes infection control and the implementation of hygiene barriers that prevent the cross infection of patients.’
    • ‘But the issue goes back to the fundamentals of cross infection.’
    • ‘Infection control measures help to minimise cross infection.’
    • ‘The system has major areas of concern for me in terms of hygiene and cross infection.’
    • ‘In particular the systems need to address potential dangers of cross infection.’
    • ‘He published many papers on cross infection in hospitals.’
    • ‘The guidelines also address issues that may be common to all travellers, including the risks of dehydration, thromboembolism, and cross infection.’
    • ‘Poor standardisation or knowledge of procedures, poor coordination between departments, and even quality failures, such as cross infection, contribute to variability.’
    • ‘They claim this could have implications for security and cross infection.’
    • ‘Cancer patients are prone to cross infection and their reduced immunity, which is a common side effect of chemotherapy, means many patients require single room facilities.’
    • ‘Responsible breeders would not dream of allowing you to carry disease and cross infection to their cherished stock.’
    • ‘He said this would reduce the number of patients being transferred between wards and decrease the chance of cross infection.’
    • ‘They must travel on their own because their treatment makes them susceptible to cross infection.’
    • ‘Frequent hand washing, prompt disinfection of contaminated surfaces, and washing of soiled articles of clothing should reduce the likelihood of cross infection.’
    • ‘Scrupulous attention to detail to avoid cross infection has shown to be totally ineffective after the age of two years.’
    • ‘‘Apart from a greater risk of cross infection, this is stretching the ability of nursing staff to get on with their work,’ he added.’