Infections in the Intensive Care Unit: Posttransplant Infections

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2017 Mar;29(1):97-110. doi: 10.1016/j.cnc.2016.09.002. Epub 2016 Nov 24.


Solid organ transplantation has become a well-established standard of care for end-organ failure, and the nurse in the intensive care unit may be exposed to these patients at any stage in the care continuum of pretransplant or posttransplant care. Knowledge of risk factors, timing, and treatments for infections may help to enhance clinical practices and optimize patient safety and clinical outcomes.

Keywords: Posttransplant ICU care; Posttransplant infections; Risk factors; Solid organ transplantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis*
  • Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host / immunology
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Organ Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Organ Transplantation / mortality
  • Postoperative Complications* / mortality
  • Risk Factors
  • Wound Infection / diagnosis*
  • Wound Infection / microbiology
  • Wound Infection / therapy