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Nizam Damani

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.001.0001

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Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonias

Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonias

(p.272) Chapter 14 Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonias
Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Nizam Damani

Oxford University Press

Health care-associated pneumonia in hospitalized patients has a mortality rate of up to 40%. Although pneumonia may occur in patients throughout the hospital stay, the patients at greatest risk are those who are intubated to enable them to be managed on mechanical ventilatory support. This chapter discusses the definition and microbiology of hospital-acquired pneumonia and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), pathogenesis of VAP, and prevention strategies.

Keywords:   hospital-acquired pneumonia, ventilator-associated pneumonia, pathogenesis, prevention

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