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Med Klin Intensivmed Notfmed. 2014 Nov;109(8):627-39. doi: 10.1007/s00063-014-0438-0.

[Hygiene measures in the intensive care station].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Hindenburgdamm 27, 12203, Berlin, Deutschland,


Medical personnel in intensive care units (ICU) deal with critically ill patients and a high work load. Patients face a higher risk of acquiring a nosocomial infection during their ICU stay. Especially, invasively ventilated patients are threatened. A catheter-related bloodstream infection might even lead to more severe complications. The number of multiresistant pathogens continues to rise; thus, comprehensive infection control measures are crucial to avoid pathogen transmission and infection. The most important measure is hand disinfection. With a proper personnel-patient ratio, educational programs, and infection control bundles, it is possible to reduce infection rates and enhance compliance among health care workers.

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