Infections in the Adult Intensive Care Unit

Infections in the Adult Intensive Care Unit

By Hilary Humphreys • Bob Winter • Mical Paul

In the acute hospital, infections in critically care patients are more common than in most other parts of the hospital and are often the most complicated. The complexity of underlying disease and the reasons requiring admission to the critical care unit, e.g. multiple trauma, make the diagnosis, management and prevention of infection challenging and the input of a range of healthcare professionals is required.
As developments and new technology push forward the boundaries of medicine to include the treatment of malignancies that were previously untreatable and the availability of a more complex menu of organ transplantation, these together with an increasing age pro fi le in the developed world result in more patients being vulnerable to infection, In addition, many patients with a range of underlying diseases such as ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are now surviving into their 80s or beyond.

Infections in the Adult Intensive Care Unit

 

All these groups of patients may present to the intensive care unit, requiring organ support, resuscitation and the rapid and effective treatment of one or more infections that may complicate their stay such as catheter-related bloodstream infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, Clostridium dif fi cile infection with or without the acquisition of a range of multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria. Also, some infections presenting in the community, such as meningococcal septicaemia, severe community-acquired pneumonia or generalised faecal peritonitis may require admission to the intensive care unit following resuscitation in the emergency department.

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