Epidemiology and impact of aspiration pneumonia in patients undergoing surgery in Maryland, 1999-2000.

@article{Kozlow2003EpidemiologyAI,
  title={Epidemiology and impact of aspiration pneumonia in patients undergoing surgery in Maryland, 1999-2000.},
  author={Jeffrey H. Kozlow and Sean M. Berenholtz and Elizabeth Haid Garrett and Todd Dorman and Peter J. Pronovost},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={31 7},
  pages={1930-7}
}
OBJECTIVE The epidemiology of aspiration pneumonia and its impact on clinical and economic outcomes in surgical patients are poorly defined. We sought to identify preoperative patient characteristics and surgical procedures that are associated with an increased risk for aspiration pneumonia and to determine the clinical and economic impact in hospitalized surgical patients. DESIGN Observational study using a state discharge database. SETTING All hospitals in Maryland. PATIENTS We obtained… CONTINUE READING
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