Guidelines for the management of Hospital acquired pneumonia

Chairs: A. Torres Martí

Hospital Acquired Pneumonia (HAP) and Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) are the second intrahospital infection carrying a very high morbidity, mortality, and sanitary costs. In the last 5 years a lot of information has been released in the literature as regards ethiopathogenesis, etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of these entities. This new information could motivate changes in clinical practice.

From 2005 up to now the concept of Health Care Associated Pneumonia (HCAP) has arisen with a subsequent controversy. The objective of the present project is to develop international Guidelines for the management of HAP and VAP and the clarification or rejection of the HCAP concept.