The Deflnltlon of Pneumonia

To develop a case definition for the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) project, we sought a widely acceptable classification that was linked to existing pneumonia research and focused on very severe cases. We began with the World Health Organization’s classification of severe/very severe pneumonia and refined It through literature reviews and a 2-stage […]

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The Ventilated Patient in ICU: Effective Patient Positioning in the Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) continues to be a common and potentially fatal complication of ventilator care, often encountered within high tech, high touch environments characteristic of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy et al., 2008). Defined as pneumonia occurring in a patient within 48 hours or more after intubation with an endotracheal or tracheostomy […]

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Some cases of pneumonia are contracted by breathing in small droplets that contain the organisms that can cause pneumonia. These droplets get into the air when a person infected with these germs coughs or sneezes. In other cases, pneumonia is caused when bacteria or viruses that are normally present in the mouth, throat, or nose […]

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