Infectious Complications: Understanding Appropriate Antibiotic Choice and Utilization
The management of infections in surgical intensive care unit (ICU) patients poses specific challenges because multidrug resistance is increasingly described and changes in pharmacokinetics may require different dosing strategies. Severe infections in surgical patients may be the reason for admission in some but may also develop during intensive care unit stay in other patients. These infections are an important burden in critical care, in terms of morbidity, mortality, and resource use.
KeywordsAntibiotics Sepsis Septic shock Antimicrobial resistance Critically ill patients