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Crit Care. 2005 Oct 5;9(5):459-64. Epub 2005 Jun 27.

Bench-to-bedside review: antimicrobial utilization strategies aimed at preventing the emergence of bacterial resistance in the intensive care unit.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, USA. mkollef@im.wustl.edu

Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance has emerged as one of the most important issues complicating the management of critically ill patients with infection. This is largely due to the increasing presence of pathogenic microorganisms with resistance to existing antimicrobial agents resulting in the administration of inappropriate treatment. Effective strategies for the prevention of antimicrobial resistance within intensive care units are available and should be aggressively implemented. The importance of preventing antimicrobial resistance is magnified by the limited availability of new antimicrobial drug classes for the foreseeable future.

PMID:
16277734
PMCID:
PMC1297604
DOI:
10.1186/cc3757
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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