The purpose of this study is to test a new method for diagnosing and monitoring
Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, which is a major killer among ICU patients. The method
requires analysis of a small amount of the patient's blood for concentration of a hormone
Ventilator-associated pneumonia is a leading cause of mortality in critically ill patients.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between the
onset/progress/resolution of pneumonia and the levels of Procalcitonin, a prohormone whose
concentrations fluctuate in response to bacterial infection.
- Are willing to give or who's proxy is willing to consent to be a study subject
- Are at least 18 years of age;
- Who are mechanically ventilated surgical intensive care unit patients.
- Participation in any investigational device or drug trial within 30 days prior to