Nurse Bags: A Hospital Health Threat?



FLORIDA - BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused by breathing in bacteria or because of illness.  It becomes much easier for infection to cause pneumonia after having a cold or flu.  These illnesses can make it more difficult for the lung to fight off infections caused by bacteria.  Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. 

TYPES OF PNEUMONIA:  There are three main types of pneumonia: community-associated pneumonia, healthcare-associated pneumonia, and "walking" pneumonia.  Community-associated pneumonia occurs when one gets the infection from a place in everyday life; such as school, work, or one's home.  Healthcare-associated pneumonia comes when the infection originates from a hospital or nursing home.  What doctors sometimes call "walking" pneumonia is simply a term for more mild pneumonia symptoms.  (SOURCE:

SYMPTOMS: There are a variety of symptoms associated with the bacteria which can cause pneumonia.  The most common are:

  • Coughing, especially coughing up mucus or blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that fluctuates with breathing


HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED PNEUMONIA:  Perhaps the most serious type of pneumonia is healthcare-associated pneumonia.  The infection is more harmful because, many times, the bacteria which cause the infection can be multidrug-resistant.  Even with drug-resistant strains of the illness, the best way to treat the infection is with a course of antibiotics.  However, even these may cause the infection to become more resistant. (SOURCE: