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Pre-hospital aspiration ups healthcare-associated pneumonia risk

from Pharmacy Practice News

One of the deadliest types of hospital-acquired infections in adult trauma patients is set in motion long before patients arrive at the hospital, according to a study reported at the 2013 meeting of the Surgical Infection Society. The study, involving surgeons and paramedics, showed that trauma patients who aspirate before they get to the hospital have a four-fold increased risk for developing health care-associated pneumonia and a more than three-fold increased risk for ventilator-associated pneumonia. more

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