Critical Care Viral Infections

John C. O'Horo, Kelly A. Cawcutt

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Viral infections are a common cause of critical illness, particularly of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems. Most are managed by supportive care alone. Early identification is critical to proper care to facilitate antimicrobial de-escalation. A small subset of viruses has directed treatment, and critical care providers should be knowledgeable about the diagnosis and treatment of influenza, herpes simplex meningoencephalitis, and viral hepatitis. Antivirals can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with each of these illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Care Nephrology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780323449427
ISBN (Print)9780323449427
StatePublished - 2019


  • Critical care
  • Encephalitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Infection
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonitis
  • Viral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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