Blog | Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pneumonia at Internal Medicine Meeting 2016

To go with the rainy cold in DC this week, how about some pneumonia? During yesterday's precourse on critical care medicine, Michael S. Niederman, MD, MACP, covered a range of issues related to pneumonia, including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). He reviewed the historic debate about the preventability of this illness in dying patients: "Is it [death] because of pneumonia or are they just dying with pneumonia?" Suggesting that the former is the answer, recent research has found declining mortality from VAP, he reported. "It seems to me that there is a lower impact of VAP because we're learning how to do intensive care better," he said. Other hot topics in VAP research right now are biofilm (how and where to get rid of it) and ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis (how to define and treat it), Dr. Niederman noted.