Prevention of VAP: Is Zero Rate Possible?

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Prevention of VAP: Is Zero Rate Possible?

Clin Chest Med. 2011 Sep;32(3):591-599

Authors: Blot S, Lisboa T, Angles R, Rello J

Infection prevention measures, specifically targeting ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), have been purposed as quality-of-care indicators for patients in intensive care units. The authors discuss some of the recent evidence of the prevention of nosocomial infections, with a particular emphasis on VAP. Moreover, there are several pitfalls in considering VAP rates as a safety indicator. Because of these limitations, the authors recommend the use of specific process measures, designed to reduce VAP, as the basis for interinstitutional benchmarking.

PMID: 21867825 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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