Endotracheal aspiration in the diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

  title={Endotracheal aspiration in the diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia.},
  author={D. J. Cook and Lionel Mandell},
  volume={117 4 Suppl 2},
T he time-honored method of identifying bacterial pathogens that are potentially responsible for nosocomial pneumonia in patients receiving mechanical ventilation is the microscopic examination of specimens obtained by endotracheal aspiration (EA). This technique is the simplest noninvasive means of obtaining respiratory secretions from patients receiving mechanical ventilation; it is readily performed at the bedside and requires minimal training by health-care providers. This section focuses… CONTINUE READING


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