Procalcitonin levels and bacterial aetiology among COPD patients admitted to the ICU with severe pneumonia: a prospective cohort study

@inproceedings{Daubin2009ProcalcitoninLA,
  title={Procalcitonin levels and bacterial aetiology among COPD patients admitted to the ICU with severe pneumonia: a prospective cohort study},
  author={C{\'e}dric Daubin and J-J Parienti and Sabine Fradin and Astrid Vabret and Michel Ramakers and Nicolas Terzi and François Freymuth and Pierre Charbonneau and Damien du Cheyron},
  booktitle={BMC infectious diseases},
  year={2009}
}
BACKGROUND Serum procalcitonin (PCT) is considered useful in predicting the likeliness of developing bacterial infections in emergency setting. In this study, we describe PCT levels overtime and their relationship with bacterial infection in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) critically ill patients with pneumonia. METHODS We conducted a prospective cohort study in an ICU of a University Hospital. All consecutive COPD patients admitted for pneumonia between September 2005 and… CONTINUE READING
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