Severe, non-bacteremic infections in ICU patients

Aguado, José M.; Torres, Antonio; Muñoz, Patricia; Soriano, Álex; Carratalá, Jordi; Guirao, Xavier; Varo, Evaristo;
Next Document Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2011;29(Supl.4):1-9


The present article is an update of the literature on various types of infections in ICU patients: ventilator-associated pneumonia, community-acquired pneumonia, the impact of the increasing vancomycin MIC in Staphylococcus aureus in the treatment of infections caused by this microorganism and the usefulness of biomarkers in identifying or ruling out septic complications in ICU patients. A multidisciplinary group of Spanish physicians with an interest in infections in critically-ill patients selected the most important recently published papers produced in the field. One of the members of the group discussed the content of each of the selected papers, with a critical appraisal by other members of the panel.

Keywords: Intensive care units. Ventilator-associated pneumonia. Severe community acquired-pneumonia. Staphylococcus aureus. Vancomycin. Minimum inhibitory concentration. Biological markers.

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José M. Aguado a, , Antonio Torres b, Patricia Muñoz c, Álex Soriano d, Jordi Carratalá e, Xavier Guirao f, Evaristo Varo g,

a Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
b Servei de Pneumologia i Al·lergia Respiratòria, Institut Clínic del Tórax, Hospital Clínic, Universitat de Barcelona, IDIBAPS, CIBERES, Barcelona, Spain
c Servicio de Microbiología Clínica y Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, CIBERES, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
d Servicio de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
e Servicio de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL), Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
f Departamento de Cirugía, Hospital Universitari del Mar, Barcelona, Spain
g Unidad de Trasplante Abdominal y Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, Hospital Universitario de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain