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STUDY OBJECTIVES To prospectively identify the occurrence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in a community hospital, and to determine the risk factors for VAP and the influence of VAP on patient outcomes in a nonteaching institution. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING A medical ICU and a surgical ICU in a 500-bed private community(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), or a combination of both was better in diagnosing a septic joint. METHODS A retrospective chart review was done in all patients who had serum assays for ESR or CRP as well as joint fluid analysis over a two-year period. Based on lab and operative findings,(More)
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