Clinical stakeholders' opinions on the use of selective decontamination of the digestive tract in critically ill patients in intensive care units: an international Delphi study

Brian H Cuthbertson, Marion K Campbell, Graeme Maclennan, Eilidh M Duncan, Andrea P Marshall, Elisabeth C Wells, Maria E Prior, Laura Todd, Louise Rose, Ian M Seppelt, Geoff Bellingan, Jill J Francis

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Abstract

Selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD) is a prophylactic antibiotic regimen that is not widely used in practice. We aimed to describe the opinions of key 'stakeholders' about the validity of the existing evidence base, likely consequences of implementation, relative importance of their opinions in influencing overall practice, likely barriers to implementation and perceptions of the requirement for further research to inform the decision about whether to embark on a further large randomised controlled trial.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberR266
JournalCritical Care
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2013

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