Severe Community-acquired Pneumonia

  • J. Vergragt
  • J. Kesecioglu
  • D. W. de Lange
Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM, volume 2012)


Severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is an important disease and on many intensive care units (ICUs) it is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases. Despite advances in antimicrobial therapy, rates of mortality from CAP remain unacceptably high. In fact, mortality rates have not decreased significantly since penicillin became routinely available and CAP remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States [1, 2]. Estimates of the incidence of CAP range from 4 million to 5 million cases per year in the United States, with about 500,000 patients requiring hospitalization and 45,000 deaths annually [3].


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Severe Sepsis Prone Position Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Pneumonia Severity 
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  • J. Vergragt
  • J. Kesecioglu
  • D. W. de Lange

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