Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

@article{Dodek2004EvidencebasedCP,
  title={Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia.},
  author={Peter Dodek and Sean C. Keenan and Deborah J. Cook and Daren K. Heyland and Michael J. Jacka and Lori E Hand and John G. Muscedere and Debra M Foster and Nav Mehta and Richard Lee Hall and Christian Brun-Buisson},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={141 4},
  pages={
          305-13
        }
}
Critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are at high risk for infections associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and health care costs (1-3). The overall infection rate in critically ill patients approaches 40% and may be as high as 50% or 60% in patients who remain in the ICU for more than 5 days (4, 5). Respiratory tract infections account for 30% to 60% of all such infections. The incidence of pneumonia acquired in the ICU ranges from 10% to 65% (6-11). Among patients… CONTINUE READING
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