- Jean-Claude Desenclos, Institut de Veille Sanitaire
- Susanna Esposito, University of Milan
- Jorge Garbino, University Hospitals Geneva
- Pak Leung Ho, University of Hong Kong
- Sanjeev Krishna, St. George's, University of London
- Niwat Maneekarn, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University
- Jodie McVernon, Melbourne School of Population Health
- Jason Stout, Duke University
- Sepehr Tabrizi, The Royal Women's Hospital
- Carlo Torti, University 'Magna Graecia'
- Philippa Harris, BioMed Central
Cristina Vazquez-Guillamet and Marin H Kollef review treatment options for Gram-positive infections in critically ill patients and highlight the need for timely and appropriate antibiotic therapy.
Jean-François Timsit and colleagues review the main elements that should be taken into account when treating bloodstream infections in ICU patients, such as the patient's prior antibiotic use and source of the infection.
The need for better diagnostic methods to allow early and effective treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), one of the most frequent clinical problems in the ICU, are highlighted by Bárbara Borgatta and Jordi Rello, alongside the need to individualization treatment.
The use of rapid diagnostic techniques in intensive care unit (ICU) patients to detect infections, such as skin and soft tissue- and urinary tract infections, are reviewed by Almudena Burillo and Emilio Bouza.
Senior Hospital Managers think that hand hygiene programmes could be strengthened by taking into account patient interactions with non-clinical, as well as clinical, staff and by senior staff championing and mandating best practice initiatives.
BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:393
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