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Anti-Infectives

  • Zachariah Thomas
  • Dorothy McCoy
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Abstract

Anti-infectives have been credited with much of the improvement seen in the mortality rates due to infectious diseases over the last 100 years. Anti-infectives include antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, and immunomodulating therapies such as drotrecogin alpha (activated). Although the benefits of most anti-infectives have been clearly established, certain agents have significant toxicities associated with their use. The risk of toxicity is likely higher in critically ill patients. An in-depth knowledge of the safety profile of these anti-infectives can help the clinician better balance the risks and benefits of treatment. In some cases, the risk may be alleviated by dose adjusting for renal or liver dysfunction or in anticipation of a drug–drug interaction. Measures such as providing adjunctive medications before, during, or after each dose may also be necessary to decrease the risk associated with a particular antimicrobial agent. The focus of this chapter is to review high-risk intravenous anti-infectives; however, we also discuss the oral anti-infectives flucytosine and voriconazole due to the difficulties in dosing these medications in the critically ill.

Keywords

Peritoneal Dialysis Renal Replacement Therapy Dose Adjustment Total Body Weight Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis 
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