Community-acquired pneumonia and survival of critically ill acute exacerbation of COPD patients in respiratory intensive care units
Huriye Berk Takir,1 Antonio M Esquinas2
1Department of Intensive Care Unit, Sureyyapasa Chest Disease and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey; 2Intensive Care and Non Invasive Ventilatory Unit, Hospital Morales Meseguer, Murcia, Spain
Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) leads to more than 1 million hospital admissions per year according to the severity of the disease or exacerbation of underlying comorbid conditions in the USA.1,2 COPD is the most frequent comorbidity in patients with pneumonia, which induces acute exacerbation of COPD and respiratory failure. In a recent study, pneumonia was the second cause (19.7%) for intensive care unit (ICU) admissions among COPD patients,3 and a long-term (12 months) follow-up showed that the mortality of the COPD patients who were admitted to ICU due to pneumonia was higher than patients admitted for other reasons.3
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