Purpose: Despite increasing evidence and updated national guidelines, practice of anti-infectious strategies appears to vary in the Netherlands. This study aimed to determine the variation of current practices of anti-infectious strategies in Dutch ICUs. Materials and methods: In 2018 and 2019 an online survey of all Dutch ICUs was conducted with detailed questions on their anti-infectious strategies. Results: 89% (63 of 71) of the Dutch ICUs responded to the online survey. The remaining ICUs were contacted by telephone. 47 (66%) of the Dutch ICUs used SDD, 14 (20%) used SOD and 10 (14%) used neither SDD nor SOD. Within these strategies considerable heterogeneity was observed in the start criteria of SDD/SOD, the regimen adjustments based on microbiological surveillance and the monitoring of the interventions. Conclusions: The proportion of Dutch ICUs applying SDD or SOD increased over time. Considerable heterogeneity in the regimens was reported. The impact of the observed differences within SDD and SOD practices on clinical outcome remains to be explored.
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors