Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) predisposes an individual to community-acquired infections. However, the relationship between COPD and nosocomial infections is less clear.
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.
The incidence of nosocomial infections was not significantly different comparing patients with COPD (26%) and without COPD (20%). Mortality was 47% in ventilated patients.
Patients with COPD are no more susceptible to develop nosocomial infections than patients without COPD.
The acquisition of nosocomial infections is independent of COPD.
Prashant Borade, None.