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Table 1 Study protocol

From: Physicians' and nurses' opinions on selective decontamination of the digestive tract and selective oropharyngeal decontamination: a survey

Study period Oral hygiene Oral paste Suspension¥ Cefotaxim*
SDD + + + +
SOD + +   
Standard care +    
  1. SDD, selective decontamination of the digestive tract; SOD, selective oropharyngeal decontamination.
  2. + applied four times a day.
  3. Oral paste consists of polymyxin, tobramycin, amphotericin B and is applied in the oropharynx.
  4. ¥ Suspension consists of polymyxin, tobramycin, amphotericin B and is applied in the gastrointestinal tract through a feeding tube.
  5. *Cefotaxim applied intravenous during first four days.