Infectious Diseases in Critical Care

  • Jordi Rello
  • Marin Kollef
  • Emili Díaz
  • Alejandro Rodríguez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. General Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. J. Guardiola, M. Saad, J. Yu
      Pages 11-21
    3. L. Hammer, J.-F. Timsit
      Pages 22-28
    4. O. Len, J. Gavaldà, A. Pahissa
      Pages 35-50
    5. P. Castro Rebollo, J. M. Nicolás, J. M. Gatell
      Pages 51-64
    6. R. A. Barnes, J. Sinha
      Pages 65-77
    7. S. Blot, P. Depuydt, K. Vandewoude
      Pages 85-89
  3. Use of Anti-infective Therapy in Critically III Patients

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. A. M. Bal, I. M. Gould
      Pages 93-99
    3. J. A. Paiva, J. M. Pereira
      Pages 100-121
    4. J.-E. Baños, N. Cruz, M. Farré
      Pages 168-182
    5. G. W. Waterer
      Pages 183-190
    6. O. J. Pérez-Jimenez
      Pages 191-196

About this book


Infections and their complications are a very important clinical area in the intensive care unit setting. Community-acquired infections and nosocomial infections both contribute to the high level of disease acquisition common among critically ill patients. The accurate diagnosis of nosocomial infections and the provision of appropriate therapies, including antimicrobial therapy effective against the identified agents of infection, have been shown to be important determinants of patient outcome.

Critical care practitioners are in a unique position in dealing with infectious diseases. They are often the initial providers of care to seriously ill patients with infections. Additionally, they have a responsibility to ensure that nosocomial infections are prevented and that antimicrobial resistance is minimized by prudently employing antibiotic agents. It is the editors' hope that this book will provide clinicians practicing in the intensive care unit with a reference to help guide their care of infected patients. To that end they have brought together a group of international authors to address important topics related to infectious diseases for the critical care practitioner.


COPD Malaria Sepsis antibiotics antimicrobial antimicrobial prophylaxis infection infection control infections infectious infectious disease infectious diseases infective endocarditis respiratory infection surgical infections

Editors and affiliations

  • Jordi Rello
    • 1
  • Marin Kollef
    • 2
  • Emili Díaz
    • 3
  • Alejandro Rodríguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Critical Care DepartmentJoan XXIII University HospitalTarragonaSpain
  2. 2.Medical Intensive Care UnitWashington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish HospitalSt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Intensive Care DepartmentJoan XXIII University HospitalTarragonaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-34405-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-34406-3
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