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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1996 Jun;17(6):374-6.

Risk factors for ventilator-associated pneumonia in surgical intensive-care-unit patients.

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  • 1Hospital Infections Program MS E-69, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.


Patients admitted during the study period to the Sharp Memorial Hospital intensive-care units who required mechanical ventilation were followed prospectively; 15 (10.4%) of 145 acquired ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Duration of prior oral or nasal intubation and H2 receptor antagonists use were longer among patients who developed VAP than among those who did not. Prior cefazolin use was associated with a higher rate of VAP (11 of 63 [17%] versus 4 of 82 [5%], P = .01).

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