World Pneumonia Day

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(WTNH) — According to a new study out of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, pneumonia rates linked to hospital ventilators have not dropped.

The study found about 10 percent of critically ill patients placed on a ventilator develop Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

VAP is not going away; it still affects approximately one in 10 ventilated patients,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Mark L. Metersky of UConn Health’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. “Our findings are in stark contrast to the CDC’s report of a marked decline in VAP rates that had some believing that it may no longer be an important problem.”

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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