Candida Infections in Critically Ill Patients

  • D. Pittet
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 1994 book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1994)


Nosocomial infection is a common complication of hospital admission; on average it complicates 8% of the admissions in general hospitals. Rates of infection are even higher for ICU patients than for those admitted to regular wards [1–3]. Although ICU make up only 5% of hospital beds, infections acquired in these units account for at least 20% of nosocomial infections. At the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) where prospective hospital-wide surveillance for nosocomial infections is conducted, the incidence of infections acquired in the ICU was 2 to 5 fold higher than in the regular wards [3]. Whereas overall rates of nosocomial infections ranged between 11 and 16 episodes per 1000 patient-days during the period from 1982 to 1989, they reached 36 to 54 per 1000 patient-days in the SICU, 23 to 47 per 1000 patient-days in the MICU, and 14 to 32 per 1000 patient-days in the PICU.


Candida Albicans Nosocomial Infection Bloodstream Infection Candida Infection Candida Tropicalis 
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