Gregory Kane

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I. What every physician needs to know. Pneumothorax can occur spontaneously or be due to trauma or iatrogenic injury. Spontaneous pneumothorax can be primary or secondary in nature; either occurring spontaneously in healthy subjects with no apparent lung disease or occurring secondary to obvious underlying parenchymal lung disease. This chapter will focus on spontaneous primary…

Ventilator-associated pneumonia

I. What every physician needs to know. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is defined as pneumonia occurring in patients after forty-eight hours of intubation and mechanical ventilation. It is an important diagnosis because it is the second most common nosocomial infection in critically ill patients, and it carries substantial morbidity and mortality. Clinicians must maintain a high…

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