Intensive Care (IC) patients are very vulnerable, which makes them susceptible to infections. Infection prevention is therefore a necessity. Potentially pathogenic bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract are an important source of infections. These can be tackled by administering antibiotics (this is called selective decontamination of the gastro-intestinal tract – SDD) or by probiotics (living micro-organisms with a healthy effect). Both interventions have pros and cons. A direct comparison shows that equivalence of the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum 299/299v with regard to SDD concerning infection prevention cannot be proven. No increase in mortality risk can be shown with this probiotic.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||17 Feb 2012|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Print ISBNs||978 94 6159 112 8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
- : infection prevention in IC