Clinical approach to the patient with suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia.

  title={Clinical approach to the patient with suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia.},
  author={Loreto Vidaur and Gonzalo Sirgo and Alejandro Rodr{\'i}guez and Jordi Rello},
  journal={Respiratory care},
  volume={50 7},
  pages={965-74; discussion 974}
Management of ventilator-associated pneumonia needs to balance the avoidance of unnecessary antibiotic overuse with the provision of adequate initial empiric therapy. A clinical diagnosis based on new pulmonary opacity and purulent respiratory secretions plus other signs of inflammation is valuable in screening for patients with suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia. A rational strategy starts with immediate initiation of adequate antibiotics and collection of respiratory secretions to… CONTINUE READING


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