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Lungs 48 Hours and Pneumonia Classification

48 Hours is the buzzword the define the type of pneumonia as follows:
  • Any pneumonia developed after 48 hours of admission is Hospital Acquired (also called nosocomial).
  • Any pneumonia developed in a patient who has been discharged from the hospital for more than 48 hours is Community Acquired.
  • Any pneumonia developed after 48 hours of endotracheal intubation is Ventilator associated pneumonia.
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