Initial bacterial colonization in patients admitted to a respiratory intensive care unit: bacteriological pattern and risk factors.


BACKGROUND Colonization is an important risk factor for consecutive infection, but little is known about incidence and initial pattern on admission to respiratory intensive care units (RICU). OBJECTIVE To study the bacterial colonization during the first 24 h after admission to a RICU. METHODS Endotracheal aspirates, gastric juice, and pharyngeal and… (More)


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