Risk Factors for Nosocomial Pneumonia

  • C. Brun-Buisson
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 1993 book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1993)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Catheter Albumin Pneumonia Histamine Cimetidine 

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