Update 1989 pp 154-164 | Cite as

Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Critically Ill Patients

  • D. Pittet
  • P. M. Suter
Conference paper
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 8)


Infection remains a significant problem for the management of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). In the United States, more than 26% of nosocomial infections, as well as 20 to 40% of bacteremia and 25% of pneumonia acquired within the hospital occur in ICU patients [1, 2]. Such infections are in part a result of advances in medical technology: invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, alteration of host immune responses, overuse of antimicrobial agents. Appropriate use of antibiotics could reduce the morbidity and mortality in the ICU, as well as the high cost of hospital acquired infections.


Intensive Care Unit Nosocomial Infection Intensive Care Unit Patient Selective Decontamination Surgical Prophylaxis 
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