Evidence-Based Infection Control in the Intensive Care Unit

  • J. Hughes
  • R. P. Cooke


Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are at increased risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) and resulting morbidity and mortality. Therefore, compliance with infection prevention and control is essential. However, the evidence base for this practice is often poor or lacking. This chapter reviews the current evidence base and makes recommendations for practice, including stressing the importance of multidisciplinary working and positive leadership. In addition, it is essential that audit and surveillance systems are in place to monitor compliance with practice and HCAIs.


Intensive Care Unit Intensive Care Unit Patient Hand Hygiene Personal Protective Equipment Intensive Care Unit Setting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Infection Prevention and Control5 Boroughs Partnership NHS FoundationTrust/University of Chester WarringtonWinwick, WarringtonUK
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity Hospital Aintree NHS Foundation TrustLiverpoolUK

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