Inconsistent VAP definitions raise questions of usefulness

Harward, M., Smith, A. & Aitken, L. M. (2017). Inconsistent VAP definitions raise questions of usefulness. Australian Critical Care, doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2017.01.004

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Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is recognised as one of the most frequent nosocomial infections in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with infection rates varying from 10 to 30% of mechanically ventilated patients. VAP is undoubtedly a burden on the health care system and has been associated with adverse patient outcomes; increases in ICU Length of stay (LOS), hospital LOS and crudely associated with increased mortality. Furthermore, it has been widely reported to impact on health care resources resulting in significant inflation of health care costs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing

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