What is nosocomial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Nosocomial infections are generally described as those acquired in the hospital setting. The term nosocomial pneumonia has evolved into the more succinct clinical entities of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). However, the term nosocomial pneumonia still has an appropriate place in the descriptive language of pneumonia. Nosocomial infections have been viewed as a "tribute to pay to the more aggressive management of the population, characterized by the use of sophisticated technologies and invasive devices," an important consideration in the pulmonary care of critically ill patients. [14]

Go to Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia and Nosocomial Pneumonia for complete information on these topics.


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