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)


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.


Antimicrobial Resistance Infection Control Measure Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus National Nosocomial Infection Surveil 
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