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HOSPITAL ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA IN ICU PATIENTS IN A TERITIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN KERALA

*Dr. Lakshmi Menon

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Hospital acquired pneumonia [HAP] refers to the development of parenchymal lung infection after at least 48hr of hospitalization, and if infection develops after the patient has undergone intubation and received mechanical ventilation for at least 48hr, the condition is termed ventilator associated pneumonia [VAP].[1] Nosocomial Pneumonia(NP) accounts for 13% to 18% of all nosocomial infections. Rates of NP are highest in ICU patients and are increased 6 to 20 fold in mechanically ventilated patient.[2] VAP occurs in 9-27% of all intubated patients.[3]

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