Pathogens in the lower respiratory tract of intensive care unit patients: impact of duration of hospital care and mechanical ventilation.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), the most common hospital-acquired infection in intensive care unit (ICU) patients, is caused by bacteria in the lower respiratory tract of mechanically ventilated patients. METHODS The current study was focused on 443 bacterial isolates from the lower respiratory tract of mechanically ventilated ICU… (More)
DOI: 10.3109/00365548.2011.645504

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