Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 23, issue 3, P703-725 2009 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.04.012 View full text
Mary C. Barsanti, Keith F. Woeltje

Abstract: Hospital-acquired infections have profound social, economic, and personal costs to patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Numerous risk factors, such as poor nutrition and hyperglycemia, directly involve patients. Meanwhile, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, and appropriate hospital staffing can impact ICU infection rates. A multidirectional approach-including continuing staff education, minimizing risk factors, and implementing guidelines established by national committees-is necessary to decrease inf…

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