Postoperative pneumonia

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Abstract

Despite the advances made in surgical critical care, the diagnosis of one of the most common infections seen in critically ill patients remains a challenge. Ventilator-associated pneumonia is associated with a 20 to 25 per cent mortality rate. There are numerous risk factors for ventilator- associated pneumonia, including underlying disease, prolonged mechanical ventilation, direct lung injury, and shock. The standard clinical criteria for pneumonia are inaccurate. Quantitative cultures of bronchoalveolar lavage effluent are accurate for the diagnosis, and it is safe to base antibiotic therapy on the results of the quantitative cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Volume66
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2000

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Pneumonia
Lung Injury
Bronchoalveolar Lavage
Critical Care
Artificial Respiration
Critical Illness
Shock
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Mortality
Infection
Therapeutics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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Postoperative pneumonia. / Croce, Martin.

In: American Surgeon, Vol. 66, No. 2, 02.2000, p. 133-137.

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Croce, M 2000, 'Postoperative pneumonia', American Surgeon, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 133-137.
Croce, Martin. / Postoperative pneumonia. In: American Surgeon. 2000 ; Vol. 66, No. 2. pp. 133-137.
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