Management of bacterial pneumonia in ventilated patients. Protected bronchoalveolar lavage as a diagnostic tool.

@article{Meduri1992ManagementOB,
  title={Management of bacterial pneumonia in ventilated patients. Protected bronchoalveolar lavage as a diagnostic tool.},
  author={Gianfranco Umberto Meduri and Richard G Wunderink and Kenneth V. Leeper and D H Beals},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1992},
  volume={101 2},
  pages={
          500-8
        }
}
We conducted a prospective study to determine the effectiveness of protected bronchoalveolar lavage (PBAL) in diagnosing pneumonia in ventilated patients and the usefulness of bronchoscopic data in treating ventilated patients. Entrance criteria were (1) fever and a new or progressive infiltrate on chest roentgenogram with either leukocytosis or a macroscopically purulent tracheal aspirate, and (2) no antibiotic therapy for at least 48 h before bronchoscopy. Twenty-five ventilated patients met… CONTINUE READING
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