Can Nosocomial Infections and Iatrogenic Events Serve as Quality-of-Care Indicators in the ICU?

  • M. Garrouste Orgeas
  • L. Soufir
  • J. F. Timsit
Conference paper


The measurement of quality of care is receiving increasing attention from intensivists. Quality of care can be measured in many different domains. In a hospital, quality of care depends both on the quality of the economic and organizational operation of the institution (evaluated by managers, decision-makers, and politicians) and on the quality of clinical activities. This last component is familiar ground to caregivers and patients, since it is centered on the patients and their interactions with the institution. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine identified six quality goals: care should be safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable [1].


Nosocomial Infection Respir Crit Nosocomial Pneumonia Adult Intensive Care Unit Iatrogenic Event 
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  • M. Garrouste Orgeas
  • L. Soufir
  • J. F. Timsit

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