Infectious Disease Compendium

Tracheobronchitis

Epidemiology

Microbiology

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

Diagnosis

Ventilator associated is a purulent tracheal aspirate, a fever > 38°C with no other recognizable cause, a positive tracheal aspirate culture with > than 1 × 10^6 colony-forming units/mL, and no new infiltrate on chest x-ray.

Treatment

Depends on what grows.

Pearls

Treating ventilator associated tracheobronchitis decreases pneumonia and death.

Rants

ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)