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Pediatric intensive care unit nosocomial infections: epidemiology, sources and solutions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12848316     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Mark E Rowin; Vipul V Patel; John C Christenson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care clinics     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0749-0704     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care Clin     Publication Date:  2003 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-09     Completed Date:  2003-08-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507720     Medline TA:  Crit Care Clin     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  473-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Critical Care Medicine, Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross Infection / epidemiology*,  etiology*,  prevention & control*
Intensive Care Units, Pediatric*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Risk Factors

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