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Infection control for critically ill trauma patients: a systematic approach to prevention, detection, and provider feedback.

Evans, Heather L; McNamara, Elizabeth; Lynch, John B; Chan, Jeannie D; Taylor, Mark; Dellit, Timothy H.
Crit Care Nurs Q; 35(3): 241-6, 2012 Jul-Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Jun 2012 | ID: mdl-22668997
Resumo: Critically ill patients are particularly at risk for developing hospital-acquired infections. An understanding of the predisposing factors, the epidemiology of disease, and guidelines to treat and to prevent hospital-acquired infections is necessary to incorporate infection control into the daily care of the critically ill trauma patient. Although it remains a challenge, infection control programs have moved from providing surveillance data and guidelines recommendations to implementation and engagement programs aimed at a shared responsibility for hospital-acquired infections prevention. We describe a multidisciplinary approach to infection control in the critically ill trauma patient with a special focus on ventilator-associated pneumonia at a level 1 trauma and burn center.