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Who is most at risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia?

| May 18, 2016 | Medical Malpractice

Connecticut patients such as yourself hand your safety over to the health care practitioners every time you have to go in to a doctor’s clinic or a hospital. Unfortunately, sometimes those environments can cause more problems than you might expect.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine documents the spread of hospital-acquired pneumonia, otherwise known as HAP, among hospital patients such as yourself. This disease is a bacterial form of pneumonia, making it dangerous for patients who are already struggling with health issues. Some groups are more at risk than others, however. For example, if you have an illness that attacks your immune system, you are more likely to develop HAP. Other groups that see large incidents of HAP include:

  •          The elderly
  •          Those with chronic lung diseases
  •          Anyone who has had a major surgery
  •          People who breathe in excessive saliva or food

Additionally, it has been noted that former or current alcoholics are also more susceptible to this illness.

HAP can be difficult to handle because the bacteria itself has adapted to hospitals. This means that it is tougher to kill, though sanitation measures are in place that are designed to prevent the spread of this disease. Despite efforts, it has been stated that HAP is the leading cause of death in intensive care units. People in a less severe condition can expect to stay an extra week or two if struck with HAP.

This is certainly something to consider if you fall into any of the aforementioned groups. You may wish to consult with your doctor or surgeon for further information, as well.


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