Protocol-driven ventilator weaning reduces use of mechanical ventilation, rate of early reintubation, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

@article{Dries2004ProtocoldrivenVW,
  title={Protocol-driven ventilator weaning reduces use of mechanical ventilation, rate of early reintubation, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.},
  author={David J. Dries and M. McGonigal and Michael S Malian and Barbara J Bor and Christopher Sullivan},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2004},
  volume={56 5},
  pages={943-51; discussion 951-2}
}
BACKGROUND Mechanical ventilation is the defining event of intensive care unit management. To reduce use, a literature-based protocol was introduced to facilitate weaning. The effect of protocol-driven ventilator weaning on ventilator use, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), and intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay (LOS) is described in a survey of 2 years' activity in a multidisciplinary surgical ICU. METHODS Data were gathered from April to September 2000 and from April to September… CONTINUE READING