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Gene chips used to distinguish ventilator-associated pneumonia from underlying critical illness
Date:2/12/2008

minished, indicating that they had returned to a healthy state.

"Dr. Cobb's work represents an important step forward in developing an objective way to diagnose ventilator associated-pneumonia in intensive care units and predict patients' recovery," says Sarah Dunsmore, Ph.D., who oversees sepsis grants at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which partially funded the study. "This innovative approach has the potential to benefit patients, through earlier diagnosis and treatment, and to help hospitals better control outbreaks of pneumonia in patients on ventilator support."

Cobb says he and his team now plan to evaluate the clinical usefulness of the genetic analysis in a larger, independent group of patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia.


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Contact: Caroline Arbanas
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Washington University in St. Louis
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