ArticlePrevention of Nosocomial Infections in the Intensive Care UnitKanouff, Alan J. DO; DeHaven, Kurt D. MSN, RN, CRNP; Kaplan, Peter D. MD, FCCPAuthor Information Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine (Dr Kanouff and Mr DeHaven) and Division of Respiratory Diseases (Dr Kaplan), Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Corresponding Author: Alan J. Kanouff, DO, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pulmonary Function Lab, 320 East North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 ([email protected]). Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: October 2008 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 302-308 doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000336815.81676.88 Buy Metrics Abstract Infections are considered nosocomial if they occur 48 hours or more after hospital admission or within 30 days after discharge. One third of these infections are considered preventable. Many studies have shown that with proper education and use of strict guidelines, we can prevent nosocomial infections in the intensive care unit. In this article, we will review the literature on preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection, central line–associated blood stream infection, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.