The intensive care unit (ICU) is a special environment that often harbors a considerable number of highly resistant organisms. Critically ill patients are frequently exposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics and invasive procedures that make them more susceptible either to be colonized by exogenous organisms or to have overgrowth of resistant endogenous strains. As newer antimicrobials are introduced, many organisms have demonstrated the capability to develop resistance to these newer agents; thus, it is common to find intensivists facing the challenge of treating highly selected organisms while trying to minimize emergence of other antibiotic-resistant organisms.
KeywordsIntensive Care Unit Respiratory Syncytial Virus Resistant Organism Herpes Simplex Virus Encephalitis Lipid Formulation
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