Molecular analysis of biofilms on the surface of neonatal endotracheal tubes based on 16S rRNA PCR-DGGE and species-specific PCR.


Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) results in considerable morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units. VAP is associated with polymicrobial biofilms that form on endotracheal tubes (ETTs). We aimed to evaluate the diversity and the bacterial community in biofilms on ETTs extubated from mechanically ventilated newborns. ETTs (N = 29) and… (More)