Differences in Susceptibility to Infection and Types of Infection

Clearly ICU patients are very susceptible to infection, not only because of underlying illnesses but also because many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are immunosuppressive. In addition, the types of infection seen in ICU patients can differ significantly from those in other parts of the hospital with pneumonia and bacteremia predominating.3 The reasons for this are often iatrogenic with ventilation and intravascular access predisposing to these infections.4 In addition, life-threatening community- or hospital-acquired infection can be the reason for admission to the ICU.

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