The influence of mini-BAL cultures on patient outcomes: implications for the antibiotic management of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

@article{Kollef1998TheIO,
  title={The influence of mini-BAL cultures on patient outcomes: implications for the antibiotic management of ventilator-associated pneumonia.},
  author={Marin H Kollef and Suzanne M. Ward},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1998},
  volume={113 2},
  pages={
          412-20
        }
}
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the influence of mini-BAL culture results on subsequent changes in antibiotic therapy and patient outcomes. DESIGN Prospective, single-center, cohort study. SETTING Medical ICU of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, a university-affiliated teaching hospital. PATIENTS One hundred thirty mechanically ventilated patients undergoing mini-BAL for suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). INTERVENTIONS Mini-BAL, prospective patient surveillance, and data… CONTINUE READING
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