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Staphylococcus Aureus Pneumonia : A “Superbug” Infection in Community and Hospital Settings

Marin H. Kollef, MD; Scott T. Micek, PharmD
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Affiliations: Washington University School of Medicine
 ,  Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
 ,  Dr. Kollef is Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Micek is Pharmacy Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Correspondence to: Marin H. Kollef, MD, FCCP, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8052, 660 South Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110; e-mail: mkollef@im.wustl.edu



Chest. 2005;128(3):1093-1097. doi:10.1378/chest.128.3.1093
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Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs usually due to bacterial, viral, or fungal pathogens, is classified according to the location of the patient at the time the infection occurs. Hospital-associated pneumonia (HAP) is defined as occurring > 48 h after hospital admission. HAP is the second most common hospital-acquired infection but leads to the greatest number of nosocomial-related deaths.12 Treatment of HAP has become problematic in the face of escalating emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.34 Successful outcomes depend on the prevention of HAP when possible and the administration of appropriate antibiotics in a timely manner when infection develops.5 The latter can be difficult to achieve when the etiology of HAP is initially unknown.


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