New antibiotics for severe ICU-aquired bacterial infections

Infect Disord Drug Targets. 2011 Aug;11(4):401-12. doi: 10.2174/187152611796504854.


Infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in intensive care units (ICU). The impact on prognostic of an inadequate antibiotic therapy is well established. The problem is due to the growing spread of resistant microorganisms, including both Gram-negative and Gram-positive pathogens, especially in the case of ICU-acquired infections. In this context, antibiotics with broad spectrum activity are usually required. Moreover, these antibiotics should reach high concentrations in tissues, especially in lungs, and should exert a bactericidal activity for the most severely ill patients, especially those with bloodstream infections. A frequent problem in clinical practice is the lack of data validating their use in the context of critically ill patients. In the present article, we review the newest antibiotics that could be of interest for severe ICU-acquired infections: tigecycline, moxifloxacine, the newer carbapenems, linezolide and daptomycine. We discuss their approved indications and identify the fields in which they could be used to treat infections acquired in the ICU.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Critical Illness
  • Cross Infection / drug therapy
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Gram-Negative Bacteria / drug effects
  • Gram-Negative Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / drug therapy*
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / etiology
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria / drug effects
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / drug therapy*
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / etiology
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tissue Distribution


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents