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NOSOCOMIAL INFECTIONS AND CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE FREE TO VIEW

Prashant S. Borade, MD*; Daniel K. Lee, MD
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Department of Respiratory Medicine, Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom


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Chest. 2005;128(4_MeetingAbstracts):262S-b-263S. doi:10.1378/chest.128.4_MeetingAbstracts.262S-b
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Abstract

PURPOSE:  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) predisposes an individual to community-acquired infections. However, the relationship between COPD and nosocomial infections is less clear.

METHODS:  A prospective study was conducted in 499 consecutive patients admitted to the intensive care unit without clinical or laboratory evidence of community-acquired infections over a 6-month period.

RESULTS:  The incidence of nosocomial infections was not significantly different comparing patients with COPD (26%) and without COPD (20%). Mortality was 47% in ventilated patients.

CONCLUSION:  Patients with COPD are no more susceptible to develop nosocomial infections than patients without COPD.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:  The acquisition of nosocomial infections is independent of COPD.

DISCLOSURE:  Prashant Borade, None.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


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