Q: Risk of herpes bronchopneumonia goes high in ventilated patients after how many days?
It has been shown that 20% of ICU patients who stays on ventilator for more than 5 days, develops herpes bronchopneumonia and these patients shows longer time on mechanical ventilation and longer ICUs length of stay.
Luyt CE, Combes A, Deback C, et al. Herpes simplex virus lung infection in patients undergoing prolonged mechanical ventilation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;175:935-942