The occurrence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in a community hospital: risk factors and clinical outcomes.

STUDY OBJECTIVES To prospectively identify the occurrence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in a community hospital, and to determine the risk factors for VAP and the influence of VAP on patient outcomes in a nonteaching institution. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING A medical ICU and a surgical ICU in a 500-bed private community… CONTINUE READING