Septic complications in the trauma patient

E. A. Deitch, D. H. Livingston, C. J. Hauser

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The complex and physiologically demanding operative procedures now performed on patients with increasingly severe traumatic injuries make the understanding of the principles of therapy, mechanisms of infection, and the physiology of antibacterial defense systems essential to the practicing surgeon. This review provides information about the development of infection in a susceptible host, the therapeutic maneuvers directed at eradicating the invading bacteria, and mechanisms to increase the host's resistance to this invasion. Infection in trauma patients is addressed through a systems approach, within each of which are described the etiology, common bacteriologic invaders, diagnostic methodology, targeted management, and prevention techniques. Additionally, iatrogenic sources of infection, such as indwelling intravascular or intra-urethral catheters, are also addressed from a potential contamination perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-172
Number of pages15
JournalNew Horizons: Science and Practice of Acute Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


  • Bacteria
  • Host resistance
  • Immunocompromise
  • Infection
  • Sepsis
  • Sepsis, sources of
  • Trauma


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