[Clinical analysis of patients with nosocomial pneumonia during mechanical ventilation (so-called ventilator-associated pneumonia)].

To clarify the clinical features of nosocomial pneumonia during mechanical ventilation (ventilator-associated pneumonia) and to select the appropriate antibiotic therapy for patients, we performed a clinical analysis of 19 patients (26 episodes) with this condition. The following results were obtained. 1, The average age of the patients was 68 years old (male 16, female 3). 2, VAP occurred three times in 2 cases, twice in 3 cases, and once in 14 cases. 3, The duration of mechanical ventilation was from 7 days to 11 years and 5 months (the average was 2.1 years). 4, The microorganism isolated from the aspiration sputum of the VAP patients was Pseudomonas aeruginosa frequently, but it was difficult to determine whether this microorganism was the causative microorganism. Ten strains of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA seven strains and MSSA three strains) were newly isolated at the same time as VAP and especially in the cases in which these were thought to be causative microrganisms, all the patients died within a short time. 5, Antibiotics were clinically effective for 53.8% of all the VAP patients and carbapenem antibiotics (for example, IPM/CS) were also used for the effective group. 6, Regarding the risk factors for VAP, factors such as the duration of mechanical ventilation, the existence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a hyponutritional state, prior antibiotics, aspiration of gastric contents, histamine-type-2 receptor antagonist, and multiple organ failure showed significant differences and were suspected to be associated with the appearance of VAP.
AuthorsY Kobashi, J Tanabe, K Fujita, T Karino, T Yano, J Nakamura, N Okimoto, T Matsushima, R Soejima
JournalKansenshoŐĄgaku zasshi. The Journal of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases (Kansenshogaku Zasshi) Vol. 72 Issue 9 Pg. 897-904 (Sep 1998) ISSN: 0387-5911 [Print] JAPAN
PMID9796188 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross Infection (drug therapy, etiology)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial (drug therapy, etiology)
  • Risk Factors
  • Ventilators, Mechanical (adverse effects)

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