Ventilator-associated pneumonia risk is higher at small hospitals

06/11/2013

Small community hospitals had fewer patients on ventilators than medium and large hospitals but greater rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia, according to a study in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. It is possible that limited experience in handling ventilators as well as fewer specialty health care workers may play a role in the difference, study author Dr. Deverick Anderson said.

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