Infection Prevention in the ICU by Selective Decontamination of the Digestive Tract with Topical Nonabsorbable Antibiotics

  • C. P. Stoutenbeek
  • H. K. F. van Saene
  • D. F. Zandstra
Part of the Klinische Anästhesiologie und Intensivtherapie book series (KAI, volume 36)


Infection continues to be a major problem in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In the past ten years the infection rate is essentially unchanged. The high infection rate is explained by a combination of several factors:
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    ICU-patients have an impaired infection defence;

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    the use of invasive techniques for monitoring and support;

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    crowding healthy and colonized or infected patients in a relatively small area, where patients are subjected to multiple manipulations by the same personnel.



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  • C. P. Stoutenbeek
  • H. K. F. van Saene
  • D. F. Zandstra

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