Current concepts in the prevention and treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most common causes of infection in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Efforts to prevent VAP have focused on both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies. Two of the more controversial pharmacologic approaches included selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD) and decontamination of the… CONTINUE READING