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Epidemiology of Infections in ICUs: Where Are We?

  • M. Viviani
  • G. Berlot
  • A. Gullo

Abstract

Patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) represent 8 to 15% of overall hospital population [1]. A frequent problem related to ICU stay is the relative high incidence of infections, rates of which are higher than 40% as reported in some prevalence studies [2, 3]. This percentage is 5–10 times higher when compared with the infections in patients admitted in the normal wards; furthermore, in some hospitals of United States, recurrence of infections in ICUs represents more than 20% of overall nosocomial infections [4].

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Intensive Care Unit Nosocomial Infection Selective Decontamination Infect Control Hosp Hosp Infect 
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  • M. Viviani
  • G. Berlot
  • A. Gullo

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