Risk stratification for the development of a subsequent pneumonia after a nondiagnostic bronchoalveolar lavage.

@article{Qureshi2011RiskSF,
  title={Risk stratification for the development of a subsequent pneumonia after a nondiagnostic bronchoalveolar lavage.},
  author={Irfan Qureshi and Andrew James Kerwin and Yvette S. McCarter and Joseph J. Tepas},
  journal={Surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={150 4},
  pages={
          703-10
        }
}
BACKGROUND Broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) is an invasive bedside procedure to define type and concentration of pathologic organisms causing ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). We evaluated if the absence of pathogens on final results represented a lavage aspect of the BAL as a therapeutic procedure to eliminate organisms. METHODS BAL results collected from 2008 to 2009 were stratified as positive (POS) ≥ 100,000 cfu), indeterminate (INT) ≤ 100,000 cfu pathologic organisms, or negative… CONTINUE READING

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