Ventilator associated pneumonia and endotracheal tube repositioning: An underrated risk factor.
Am J Infect Control. 2014 Dec;42(12):1328-30
Authors: McGovern Murphy F, Raymond M, Menard PA, Bejar-Ardiles KR, Carignan A, Lesur O
Aspiration of secretions toward lower airways potentially occurs during endotracheal tube (ETT) repositioning in mechanically ventilated patients in the intensive care unit and may be a risk factor for developing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). This case-control study confirms that repositioning of the ETT is an independent risk factor for VAP.
PMID: 25465265 [PubMed - in process]