Infectious Diseases - Overview

What is the infectious diseases specialty?

Infectious disease medicine is the subspecialty of internal medicine, and focuses on diagnosing and managing infections.

It requires an extensive understanding of the types of infections caused by bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic organisms in patients, as well as knowledge about antimicrobial agents, antibiotic resistance, vaccines, and other immunobiological agents. It is a broad-based specialty that encompasses public health and epidemiology, research, novel pathogens and disease transmission.

Infectious diseases physicians are frequently called upon to help diagnose unknown infections and assist in managing difficult, unusual, or complicated infections. Many are either inpatients or outpatients.

For the best patient outcomes, infectious diseases physicians participate in multidisciplinary medical care with nurses, laboratory staff and other medical specialists.

Our approach

Mount Elizabeth Hospitals adopt a multidisciplinary approach to prevent and manage complex infectious diseases. Our specialists work as a team to improve inpatient and outpatient clinical outcomes.

Beyond the hospitals, we extend our expertise to the community when infections pose a threat to public health, such as during SARS and COVID-19.

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

Established for more than 40 years in Singapore, Mount Elizabeth Hospitals have earned the trust of patients from the region. Staffed by a large team of dedicated professionals and a diverse mix of skilled specialists, we are here to help you achieve the best possible healthcare outcome.

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