Epidemiology and outcomes of clostridium difficile-associated disease among patients on prolonged acute mechanical ventilation.

PURPOSES Patients receiving prolonged acute mechanical ventilation (PAMV), although comprising a third of all mechanical ventilation (MV) patients, consume two-thirds of all the resources allocated to MV, and their numbers are projected to double by 2020. By virtue of their prolonged hospital length of stay (median LOS, 17 days), they are subject to such… CONTINUE READING