Category: Infectious Disease
Keywords: Pneumonia (PubMed Search)
Healthcare Associated Pneumonia (HCAP)....why is this important for the emergency physician?
Most of us are very familiar with the types of pneumonias commonly seen in clinical practice: community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), hospital-acquired pneumonia(HAP), and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). But, some may not be that aware of a relatively newer type of pneumonia that has been well-defined, healthcare-associated pnemonia (HCAP). Experts in infectious disease and critical care now say that we (the ED) should be assessing ALL pneumonia patients for HCAP risk factors.
Why care, you ask?
Risk factors: (most are common sense)