Hospital acquired pneumonia is perhaps the most dangerous of the forms of this potential killer for one very real reason; it can and does kill us in some cases.
In fact, it has become so dangerous in the last 20 years that in 1997 the CDC, Center for Disease Control, set a broad policy into place.
This policy was set up to insure that hospitals had a very common and stringent set of guidelines that they had to follow and is referenced at the end of this article.
Take a minute to digest some of those facts.
The CDC had to issues guidelines and regulations to help protect the public on what was happening once we walked inside.
When we get sick and go to a hospital or health care facility, the last thing we expect to happen is to get even sicker than we already are.
This very dangerous condition is also known by several other names and they include the following.
It is this first form, the nosocomial form, is what should really catch our attention.
While any form of this beast is dangerous, this one takes a step above all of the others.
In every case of it, we become affected when are in the hospital, and we are at even more danger once we pass the age of 60.
As we all begin to get older and our body is wearing down in several ways, our lungs are no different.
Hospital acquired pneumonia has one objective; to infect our lungs.
This form is not only a lot more severe, it is a lot more deadly than all of the other forms combined.
At this point, let’s examine exactly what the term “nosocomial” means, as well as what is has become to mean in everyday life.
Think about that again for a minute.
We go into a hospital because we are sick and need professional help. However, in that setting, we have the possibility of developing Hospital-acquired pneumonia?
Again the reason is very simple but also very scary.
There are several different organisms that are present in any hospital or health care setting, and some of them have become very challenging.
They have become challenging as they have mutated and become resistant to antibiotics, making them very difficult to control.
“Nosocomial” also has one more very definitive meaning.
It is an infection that we did not have when we were admitted into the facility, but within 72 hours later, we now have it.
Here are the highest of all the risks groups and number one on this list is us as we get older.
Hospital acquired pneumonia has one other very dangerous and troubling aspect about it.
It is the second (2nd) most common “nosocomial” infection in the United States and may be the number one infection in other countries.
It biggest target is infants and our age group, 60 years or older.
The mortality rate is 50% plus, making it extremely dangerous. The infectious agent is referred to as MRSA and is a form of staph infection.
But there is still more; it can and does have several other potential germs that can cause it.
Here are even more challenging aspects about Hospital acquired pneumonia.
There is one very other very challenging and difficult aspect with this form; ventilators and respirators.
If we or someone close to us is on either, the risks of developing this form of pneumonia just went up 10 fold.
There are several symptoms that we can watch for and should pay very close attention to.
They include the following.
The first reaction for anyone in a health care setting is that a shortness of breath or chest pains is our heart, but it can very easily be this beast.
However, the telling symptoms of Hospital acquired pneumonia will be coughing, sputum, as well as fevers and chills.
If we have a history of smoking and the coughing and the sputum suddenly increase in severity, there is little doubt you have it.
However, there are some things we can do and they include the following.
We may never be able to totally protect ourselves from Hospital-acquired pneumonia, but we can be aware and take some simple steps.
Anyone in a hospital or health care setting that gets offended if you ask them to wash their hands is the least of our concerns as we get older.
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