Given the mortality, hospitals should be doing a lot more - Dian Baker
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The humble toothbrush can help prevent pathogens that enter the mouth from traveling down the esophagus and into the trachea and lungs.
You go to the hospital with a broken arm, then end up with a potentially lethal case of pneumonia. A recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control calls this scenario entirely too common — and one faced by more than just the most vulnerable patients, such as older people, in the intensive care unit.
“We found that pneumonia was occurring in all patients on all types of units,” says lead author Dian Baker, a professor in the School of Nursing at California State University in Sacramento. “We sort of thought the elderly, the very…
The big takeaway? Use your toothbrush — it could save your life.
Healthcare-associated bacterial pneumonia (HCAP) represents the majority of cases in this category, and this terminology acknowledges the fact that many patients who acquire pneumonia outside the hospital are at risk for the more virulent organisms traditionally attributed to HAP and VAP.
These guidelines are intended for use by healthcare professionals who care for patients at risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), including specialists in infectious diseases, pulmonary diseases, critical care, and surgeons, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, and any clinicians and healthcare providers caring for hospitalized patients with nosocomial pneumonia.
Healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP) has emerged as a distinct syndrome. Though presenting from the community, its unique epidemiology, microbiology and outcomes attest to the influence of its victims' ongoing exposure to the healthcare system.
This article is an updated guideline on the management of patients with hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) based on evidence from systematic literature reviews
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