Clinical diagnosis of ventilator associated pneumonia revisited: comparative validation using immediate post-mortem lung biopsies.

@article{Fbregas1999ClinicalDO,
  title={Clinical diagnosis of ventilator associated pneumonia revisited: comparative validation using immediate post-mortem lung biopsies.},
  author={Neus F{\'a}bregas and Santiago Ewig and Antoni Torres and Mona T El-Ebiary and Jackie Ramirez and Jordi Puig de la Bellacasa and Torsten Bauer and Hern{\'a}n Cabello},
  journal={Thorax},
  year={1999},
  volume={54 10},
  pages={867-73}
}
BACKGROUND A study was undertaken to assess the diagnostic value of different clinical criteria and the impact of microbiological testing on the accuracy of clinical diagnosis of suspected ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). METHODS Twenty five deceased mechanically ventilated patients were studied prospectively. Immediately after death, multiple bilateral lung biopsy specimens (16 specimens/patient) were obtained for histological examination and quantitative lung cultures. The presence of… CONTINUE READING
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