Infection Control in the Intensive Care Unit 3rd Edition
Infection Control in the Intensive Care Unit 3rd Edition A week-long postgraduate course was organised in Trieste, Italy, in 1994. This course was extremely popular Europe wide. Participants were so impressed that they asked for copies of the lectures, and as a result of the many requests, lecturers were asked to provide a manuscript of their lecture(s). These manuscripts resulted in the first edition of this book, published in 1998.
This first edition contained five sections, each based on a day of the course, which comprised six lectures. The five sections Essentials in Clinical Microbiology, Antimicrobials, Infection Control, Infections on ICU, and Special Topics. The format remains the same today.
There are two previous editions to this 2011 edition: 1998 and 2005. The differences between the first edition and this latest one are in the first and last sections. Two chapters from the first edition are merged in the first section: Carriage, and Colonisation and Infection. This occurred because 85% of all infections are endogenous and characterised by these three stages. The other difference is a chapter on microcirculation and infection in Section 5.
Perhaps the most important difference between the previous editions and this most recent edition is pictured on the front cover: 15% of all infections are exogenous, and research over the 6 years since the last edition has shown that topically applied antimicrobials are able to control exogenous infections. However, topically applied antimicrobials should only be part of the prophylactic protocol when exogenous infections are endemic.
This third edition is current, with references to publications from 2011. We regard it as important that all statements are justified by the best available evidence. All authors have made efforts to avoid unsubstantiated expert opinion. Although prevention is not entirely separate from therapy, prevention rather than cure is pivotal in this publication.