Prevention of Infection and Colonisation in Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Patients
Intensive care units (ICU) totally dedicated to post-operative cardiac surgical patients, and which perform at a high level, offer unique opportunities for the study of colonisation and infection in ICU environments. Thus, because the need for intensive care is universal and elective it is predictable. This allows pre-ICU samples to be obtained where necessary. Additionally, the patients enter the ICU in a bacteriologically “clean” state, thus facilitating the study of those factors promoting subsequent colonisation with Gram negative bacilli (“coliforms”). In short, on a cardiac surgical ICU we have the opportunity to study the wood, as long as we take care to stop the trees flourishing.
KeywordsLeft Atrial Intensive Care Unit Patient Urine Flow Rate Tracheal Stenosis Right Atrial
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