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Selective digestive decontamination is superior to selective oropharyngeal decontamination

Luciano Silvestri1*, Nia Taylor2, Durk F Zandstra3 and Hendrick KF van Saene2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Emergency, Unit of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Presidio Ospedaliero, Via Fatebenefratelli 34, 34170 Gorizia, Italy

2 School of Clinical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GA, UK

3 Intensive Care Unit, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, 1090 HM Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Critical Care 2011, 15:411  doi:10.1186/cc10068

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Published: 18 March 2011

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

We are interested in the debate on the efficacy and safety of selective digestive decontamination (SDD) and selective oropharyngeal decontamination (SOD) raised by Schultz and Haas in their review [1].