Classification of ICU Infections

  • L. Silvestri
  • H. K. F. van Saene
  • A. J. Petros


Classifying infections is crucial in any infection surveillance program, particularly in the intensive care unit (ICU). Time cutoffs, generally 48 h, have been accepted to distinguish community- from hospital-acquired infections, including ICU-acquired infections. However, many clinicians appreciate that an infection due to a microorganism carried by the patient on admission to the ICU and that develops 48 h of ICU stay cannot be considered as being a “true” ICU-acquired infection.


Intensive Care Unit Intensive Care Unit Admission Intensive Care Unit Patient Intensive Care Unit Stay Carrier State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Silvestri
    • 1
  • H. K. F. van Saene
    • 2
  • A. J. Petros
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Emergency‚ Unit of Anesthesia and Intensive CarePresidio Ospedaliero di GoriziaGoriziaItaly
  2. 2. Institute for Ageing and Chronic DiseaseUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.Pediatric Intensive Care UnitGreat Ormond Street Children’s HospitalLondonUK

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