Selective Digestive Tract Decontamination in Intensive Care Medicine: a Practical Guide to Controlling Infection

  • Peter H. J. van der Voort
  • Hendrick K. F. van Saene

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Hendrick K. F. van Saene, Hans J. Rommes, Durk F. Zandstra
    Pages 1-35
  3. Hans J. Rommes
    Pages 37-45
  4. Peter H.J. van der Voort, Hendrick K.F. van Saene
    Pages 47-57
  5. Evert de Jonge
    Pages 111-120
  6. Durk F. Zandstra, Hendrick K. F. van Saene, Peter H. J. van der Voort
    Pages 121-131
  7. Peter H. J. van der Voort
    Pages 133-139
  8. Hans I. van der Spoel, Rik T. Gerritsen
    Pages 141-154
  9. Heleen M. Oudemans-van Straaten
    Pages 155-163
  10. Peter H. J. van der Voort, Hendrick K. F. van Saene
    Pages 165-172
  11. Jacqueline E. H. M. Vet, Dave P. Mackie
    Pages 173-181
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 193-199

About this book


More than 20 years ago it was recognized by Stoutenbeek and colleagues that patients in the intensive care unit suffered from infections developed whilst being treated. Moreover, the majority of these infections appeared to originate from bacteria that were acquired in the intensive care leading to pathologic colonisation and overgrowth in the gut, subsequently leading to organ site infections. Selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD) is an antibiotic strategy which aims to prevent secondary infections in critically ill patients. This book provides both the scientific rationale and the practical approach to nurses, physicians, pharmacists and microbiologists to design a SDD treatment strategy tailored to each individual patient and the local hospital situation.


antibiotic use antibiotics antimicrobial antimicrobial resistance bacteria critically ill infection infection prevention infections intensive care medicine selective decontamination of the digestive tract

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter H. J. van der Voort
    • 1
  • Hendrick K. F. van Saene
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Intensive CareOnze Lieve Vrouwe GasthuisAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infection ControlRoyal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust of Alder HeyLiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-0652-2
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-0653-9
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