Role of quantitative cultures of endotracheal aspirates in the diagnosis of nosocomial pneumonia.

@article{Jourdain1995RoleOQ,
  title={Role of quantitative cultures of endotracheal aspirates in the diagnosis of nosocomial pneumonia.},
  author={Bruno Jourdain and Ana Novara and Marie-laure Joly-Guillou and Marie Christine Dombret and Sylvie N Calvat and J L Trouillet and Claude Gibert and Jean Chastre},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  year={1995},
  volume={152 1},
  pages={241-6}
}
To assess the reliability of quantitative cultures of endotracheal aspirates (EA) to diagnose ventilator-associated pneumonia, fiberoptic bronchoscopy was used to study 57 episodes of suspected lung infection in 39 patients with no recent changes in antimicrobial chemotherapy. A total of 19 cases (33%) of pneumonia were diagnosed based on the following criteria: protected specimen brush (PBS) sampling yielding > or = 10(3) cfu/ml of at least one microorganism and/or > or = 5% of cells… CONTINUE READING