Pediatric intensive care unit nosocomial infections epidemiology, sources and solutions

Mark E. Rowin, Vipul V. Patel, John C. Christenson

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Nosocomial infections in the PICU remain a significant source of morbidity and mortality. The risk of infections in these patients remains high because invasive devices allow organisms to bypass normal host defenses. Additionally, this patient group often has coexisting metabolic or organ system dysfunctions. Antibiotic pressure has led to the development of drug-resistant organisms within the PICU, thereby causing infections that are increasingly difficult to control. The best current approach for preventing PICU infections centers on consistent hand washing between patients, early discontinuation of invasive devices, and appropriate isolation strategies. Insight into the causes and locations of PICU-related infections remains a crucial component in the success of preventive strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-487
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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