Prevalence, risk factors, and mortality for ventilator-associated pneumonia in middle-aged, old, and very old critically ill patients

Blot, Stijn, Koulenti, Despoina, Dimopoulos, George, Martin, Claude, Komnos, Apostolos, Krueger, Wolfgang A., Spina, Giuseppe, Armaganidis, Apostolos and Rello, Jordi (2014) Prevalence, risk factors, and mortality for ventilator-associated pneumonia in middle-aged, old, and very old critically ill patients. Critical Care Medicine, 42 3: 601-609. doi:10.1097/01.ccm.0000435665.07446.50

Author Blot, Stijn
Koulenti, Despoina
Dimopoulos, George
Martin, Claude
Komnos, Apostolos
Krueger, Wolfgang A.
Spina, Giuseppe
Armaganidis, Apostolos
Rello, Jordi
Title Prevalence, risk factors, and mortality for ventilator-associated pneumonia in middle-aged, old, and very old critically ill patients
Journal name Critical Care Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-3493
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/01.ccm.0000435665.07446.50
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 3
Start page 601
End page 609
Total pages 9
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Formatted abstract
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the epidemiology of ventilator-Associated pneumonia in elderly ICU patients. More precisely, we assessed prevalence, risk factors, signs and symptoms, causative bacterial pathogens, and associated outcomes.

DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a multicenter prospective cohort (EU-VAP project).

SETTING: Twenty-seven European ICUs.

PATIENTS: Patients who were mechanically ventilated for greater than or equal to 48 hours. We compared middle-Aged (45-64 yr; n = 670), old (65-74 yr; n = 549), and very old patients (≥ 75 yr; n= 516).

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Ventilator-Associated pneumonia occurred in 103 middle-Aged (14.6%), 104 old (17.0%), and 73 very old patients (12.8%). The prevalence (n ventilator-Associated pneumonia/1,000 ventilation days) was 13.7 in middle-Aged patients, 16.6 in old patients, and 13.0 in very old patients. Logistic regression analysis could not demonstrate older age as a risk factor for ventilator-Associated pneumonia. Ventilator-Associated pneumonia in elderly patients was more frequently caused by Enterobacteriaceae (24% in middle-Aged, 32% in old, and 43% in very old patients; p = 0.042). Regarding clinical signs and symptoms at ventilator-Associated pneumonia onset, new temperature rise was less frequent among very old patients (59% vs 76% and 74% for middle-Aged and old patients, respectively; p = 0.035). Mortality among patients with ventilator-Associated pneumonia was higher among elderly patients: 35% in middle-Aged patients versus 51% in old and very old patients (p = 0.036). Logistic regression analysis confirmed the importance of older age in the risk of death (adjusted odds ratio for old age, 2.1; 95% CI, 1.2-3.9 and adjusted odds ratio for very old age, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.2-4.4). Other risk factors for mortality in ventilator-Associated pneumonia were diabetes mellitus, septic shock, and a high-risk pathogen as causative agent.

CONCLUSIONS: In this multicenter cohort study, ventilator-Associated pneumonia did not occur more frequently among elderly, but the associated mortality in these patients was higher. New temperature rise was less common in elderly patients with ventilator-Associated pneumonia, whereas more episodes among elderly patients were caused by Enterobacteriaceae.
Keyword Elderly
Intensive care
Risk factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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