May 2003, Volume 33 Number 5 , p 69 - 69
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About nosocomial pneumonia [MYTHS AND FACTS]
MUNSON, BECKY LIEN RN
Becky Lien Munson is nursing supervisor at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Wash. Selected references for this article are available on request.
MYTH: Nosocomial pneumonia develops only in patients on mechanical ventilation .
FACT: Mechanically ventilated patients are at greatest risk for nosocomial pneumonia, but many patients breathing without assistance also are vulnerable, including those who are immunosuppressed and those who have cardiopulmonary disease or any other serious illness. Although elderly patients are especially susceptible to nosocomial pneumonia, it strikes patients of all ages.
MYTH: Nosocomial pneumonia spreads through dissemination of microbes through the hospital air ...