Ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis and pneumonia: thinking outside the box.

@article{Craven2010VentilatorassociatedTA,
  title={Ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis and pneumonia: thinking outside the box.},
  author={Donald E. Craven and Karin I Hjalmarson},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={51 Suppl 1},
  pages={S59-66}
}
Lower respiratory tract infections in intubated patients include ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis (VAT) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). These infections are increasingly caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria, which colonize the patient's oropharynx and enter the lower respiratory tract around the endotracheal tube cuff or through the lumen. Progression of colonization to VAT and, in some patients, to VAP is related to the quantity, types, and virulence of invading bacteria… CONTINUE READING

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