In which populations is nosocomial bacterial (aspiration) pneumonia most common?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Nosocomial bacterial pneumonia caused by aspiration is much more frequent in adults than in children, and males are more commonly affected than females. Predisposing factors (see Predisposing Conditions for Aspiration Pneumonia) are more common among elderly people. Thus, this population is more prone to develop aspiration pneumonia. [11] Comparative studies of bacterial pneumonia in patients from the community with those in a continuing care facility have demonstrated a 3-fold increase of this disease in residents of the continuing care facilities (the majority of them had neurologic disease with dysphagia). [12]


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