selective oropharyngeal decontamination
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selective oropharyngeal decontaminationAbbreviation: SOD
An infection control method used in critical care units in which topical antibiotics are applied to the oral cavity (and back of the throat) as a means of reducing bacterial colonization and ventilator-associated pneumonia.
See also: decontamination
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