Infection control in the intensive care unit

Progress and challenges in systems and accountability

Jan E. Patterson, Preeti N. Malani, Lisa Maragakis

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Abstract

Attention to the improvement of safety in healthcare lately has focused on healthcare-associated infections, including many that occur in the intensive care unit, such as catheter-related bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonias. Great strides have been made in decreasing the rates of intensive care unit hospital-acquired infections in the past decade. This is attributable to a number of factors, including standardization of care, technological advances, provider payment reform, and consumer activism. Teamwork and communication remain the most important facets in patient safety. The papers in this supplement examine the roles of human factors and process engineering, survey a spectrum of infection control and safety challenges encountered by critical care practitioners, and assess the future challenges for continued improvement in our systems of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Volume38
Issue number8 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

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Social Responsibility
Infection Control
Cross Infection
Intensive Care Units
Safety
Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Catheter-Related Infections
Human Engineering
Critical Care
Patient Safety
Communication
Delivery of Health Care
Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Infection control in the intensive care unit : Progress and challenges in systems and accountability. / Patterson, Jan E.; Malani, Preeti N.; Maragakis, Lisa.

In: Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 38, No. 8 SUPPL., 08.2010.

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