Selective decontamination of the digestive tract in the intensive care unit: current status and future prospects.


OBJECTIVE To evaluate the available data on selective decontamination of the digestive tract. This therapy aims to prevent infection in critically ill patients admitted to ICUs. Microbial carriage in the oropharynx, stomach, and gut; infection; mortality rate; and antibiotic resistance are the outcome events that are being reviewed. DATA SOURCES Published… (More)


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