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Preventing and managing ICU acquired infections

ICU (Intensive Care Unit) acquired infections are a significant concern in healthcare settings. These infections can lead to prolonged hospital stays, increased healthcare costs, and even mortality. Preventing and managing ICU acquired infections is essential to ensure the safety of patients and healthcare workers. They can be caused by a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The most common ICU acquired infections include pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and urinary tract infections. ICU patients are at higher risk for infections due to their weakened immune systems, exposure to invasive procedures, and prolonged hospital stays. Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infections in healthcare settings. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, gowns, and masks, should be used when necessary to prevent the transmission of infections. Transmission-based precautions are used for patients with known or suspected infectious diseases and include contact, droplet, and airborne precautions.

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Dr. D SAI RAMA DEVI
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MD, IDCCM, EDIC, MBA Critical Care Consultant Apollo Hospital. Visakhapatnam

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