Oral care intervention to reduce incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the neurologic intensive care unit.

@article{Fields2008OralCI,
  title={Oral care intervention to reduce incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the neurologic intensive care unit.},
  author={Lorraine B Fields},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses},
  year={2008},
  volume={40 5},
  pages={291-8}
}
  • Lorraine B Fields
  • Published 2008 in
    The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of…
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a preventable secondary consequence of intubation and mechanical ventilation. VAP is pneumonia that develops in an intubated patient after 48 hours or more of mechanical ventilator support. Mechanically ventilated patients in neurologic and other intensive care units (ICUs) are at an increased risk of VAP due to factors such as decreased level of consciousness; dry, open mouth; and microaspiration of secretions. VAP can be prevented by initiating… CONTINUE READING
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