María Victoria de la Torre

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The mortality rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is reported to be low. However, studies carried out to date have included <20% of critically ill patients. The current authors performed a secondary analysis of a prospective study evaluating 428 immunocompetent patients admitted to the(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of our study was to analyze prognostic factors associated with mortality for patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS We conducted a prospective multicenter study including all patients with CAP admitted to the intensive care unit during a 15-month period in 33 Spanish hospitals. Admission data and data on(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have found an association between increased volume and increased intensive care unit (ICU) survival; however, this association might not hold true in ICUs with permanent intensivist coverage. Our objective was to determine whether ICU volume correlates with survival in the Spanish healthcare system. METHODS Post hoc analysis of a(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE To investigate the frequency of nosocomial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus in critically ill patients admitted to Spanish intensive care units (ICUs) and to describe the characteristics and outcome of patients in whom this pathogen was isolated. PATIENTS AND METHOD Prospective, observational, and multicenter study. All(More)
INTRODUCTION Caspofungin is an echinocandin with proven efficacy in invasive candidiasis (IC) and invasive aspergillosis (IA). ProCAS is a study sponsored by the Working Group of the Infectious Diseases of the Spanish Society of Intensive Care Medicine, which analyzes the effectiveness and safety of caspofungin in routine clinical practice conditions in the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients infected with influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 virus requiring admission to the ICU remain an important source of mortality during the influenza season. The objective of the study was to assess the impact of a delay in diagnosis of community-acquired influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 virus infection on clinical outcome in critically ill patients admitted(More)
Infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria are a serious problem and is associated with high mortality. Among them, we should highlight those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Primary bacteremia, catheter-related bloodstream infections and constitute the main presentations. Vancomycin has traditionally been the treatment of(More)
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