Risk Factors for Nosocomial Pneumonia
A clear understanding of which patients acquire nosocomial infection and why they do it is an important goal to improve infection control measures and design preventive strategies adapted to the various at-risk populations entering our ICU. For example, it is now clear that prevention of pneumonia through administration of selective digestive decontamination (SDD) to all unselected ICU patients is a poorly effective exercise, wasteful of resources, and potentially harmful. Selected populations of patients who combine specific risk factors may however benefit from this preventive technique or some of its components.
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