Viral Respiratory Infections of Adults in the Intensive Care Unit.

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Viral Respiratory Infections of Adults in the Intensive Care Unit.

J Intensive Care Med. 2016 Aug;31(7):427-41

Authors: Nguyen C, Kaku S, Tutera D, Kuschner WG, Barr J

Abstract
Viral lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) are an underappreciated cause of critical illness in adults. Recent advances in viral detection techniques over the past decade have demonstrated viral LRTIs are associated with rates of morbidity, mortality, and health care utilization comparable to those of seen with bacterial community acquired and nosocomial pneumonias. In this review, we describe the relationship between viral LRTIs and critical illness, as well as discuss relevant clinical features and management strategies for the more prevalent respiratory viral pathogens.

PMID: 25990273 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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