Susan E. Merel

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Recurrent pneumonias

Recurrent pneumonia I. What every physician needs to know. Recurrent pneumonia is defined as two or more episodes of nontuberculous pulmonary infection separated by at least a one-month asymptomatic interval, complete radiographic clearing of the infiltrate, or both. Recurrent pneumonia most commonly occurs in patients with underlying lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease…

Complications of intensive care unit care

I. Problem/Challenge. Important complications of care in the intensive care unit (ICU) consist of infections including ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated bloodstream infections and urinary tract infections; venous thromboembolism, delirium, myopathies and neuropathies related to critical illness and stress ulcers. Increasing attention is being given to long-term complications present in survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)…

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