Healthcare-associated pneumonia occurs when someone gets a lung infection during or following a stay in a healthcare setting (for example, a hospital or long-term care facility). The infection is caused by bacteria that colonize on a patient's breathing machine (ventilator).
Certain people are more likely to become ill with pneumonia. This includes adults 65 years of age or older and children younger than 5 years of age. People 65 years of age and under who have underlying medical conditions (like diabetes or HIV/AIDS) and people 19 through 64 who smoke cigarettes or have asthma are also at increased risk for getting pneumonia.
Ventilator associated Pneumonia:
**Pneumonia is not a required reportable event to the Colorado State Health Department. However it is a type of HAI.
Click here to read more about VAP from the CDC.
Non-ventilator associated Pneumonia:
Pneumonia is not attributable to the ventilator device when the onset of symptoms occurs more than 48 hours after the removal of the ventilator.