Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens in the ICU: Epidemiology and Control

  • J. P. Flaherty
  • R. A. Weinstein
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 1994 book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1994)

Abstract

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens is a critical concern in intensive care units (ICU). Compared to infections caused by susceptible strains, infections caused by antibiotic-resistant organisms are more likely to prolong hospitalization, to increase the risk of death and to require treatment with more toxic or more expensive antibiotics [1]. Estimates of the excess hospital costs due to antibiotic resistance range from $100 million to $30 billion annually in US hospitals. In this chapter, we try to establish guidelines for avoiding and, when necessary, controlling resistance problems in ICU.

Keywords

Tuberculosis Bacillus Meningitis Vancomycin Candida 

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  • R. A. Weinstein

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