Nosocomial Pneumonia: The Gorilla in the ICU

  title={Nosocomial Pneumonia: The Gorilla in the ICU},
  author={Robert P Baughman},
  journal={Journal of Intensive Care Medicine},
  pages={227 - 228}
Author’s Note The National Nosocomial Infection Survey has noted that during an average day in any intensive care unit (ICU), at least 40% of patients will be on mechanical ventilation [1]. For these patients, the risk of acquiring ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is 1% per day. In this issue, Drs Mehta and Niederman discuss many of the controversies surrounding nosocomial pneumonia in the ICU. They review all the therapies used to prevent pneumonia. Some of these efforts are inexpensive… CONTINUE READING

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