Pro/con clinical debate: The use of a protected specimen brush in the diagnosis of ventilator associated pneumonia

Abstract

Although mechanical ventilation is instituted as a life-saving technique, it may lead to complications that can negatively impact on patients' morbidity and/or mortality. Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is one such complication that is a common challenge to intensivists. Although most experts would agree that early 'appropriate' antibiotic use is… (More)

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