Impact of clinical severity index, infective pathogens, and initial empiric antibiotic use on hospital mortality in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia.

@article{Tseng2012ImpactOC,
  title={Impact of clinical severity index, infective pathogens, and initial empiric antibiotic use on hospital mortality in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia.},
  author={Chia-Cheng Tseng and S F Liu and Chin-Chou Wang and Mei-Lien Tu and Y H Chung and Meng-Chih Lin and Wen-Feng Fang},
  journal={American journal of infection control},
  year={2012},
  volume={40 7},
  pages={
          648-52
        }
}
BACKGROUND The prompt initial use of appropriate antibiotics should improve mortality rates in adults with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). However, the incidence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogen infections is on the rise, and the choice of the initial empiric antibiotic may be challenging. We investigated whether appropriate initial antibiotic therapy, infective pathogens, and the clinical severity index influence hospital mortality in patients with VAP and determined independent… CONTINUE READING

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