Monitoring of High-Risk Areas: Intensive Care Units
Infections in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting constitute one of the greatest challenges of modern medicine especially with the increasing occurrence of infection caused by multidrug-resistant or extremely drug-resistant pathogens. Although device utilization in the developing countries’ ICUs is remarkably similar to that reported from US ICUs, rates of device-associated nosocomial infection are reported to be markedly higher in the ICUs of the developing countries’ hospitals . Patients requiring ICU care can have community-acquired infections or hospital-acquired infections or healthcare-associated infections. Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a cause of increased morbidity, mortality, and resource expenditure throughout the hospital setting and particularly in the intensive care unit. The severity of underlying disease, invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that breach normal host defenses, contaminated life-support equipment, and the prevalence of resistant microorganisms are critical factors in the high rate of infection in the ICUs.
KeywordsBloodstream Infection National Healthcare Safety Network Condom Catheter Normal Host Defense Intensive Care Unit Infection
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