Ventilator-associated pneumonia: the potential critical role of emergency medicine in prevention.

  title={Ventilator-associated pneumonia: the potential critical role of emergency medicine in prevention.},
  author={Mary Jo Grap and Cindy L Munro and Takeshi Unoki and Virginia A Hamilton and Kevin R. Ward},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  volume={42 3},
BACKGROUND Delivery of critical care within a certain window of opportunity is paramount in many disease states, and providing the right care to these patients at the right time in the Emergency Department (ED) can significantly reduce mortality. However, aggressive treatment of these patients often requires endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation either in the pre-hospital or ED phase of care. Care of mechanically ventilated patients in the ED is not trivial or without potential… CONTINUE READING
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