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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3182445ff3

Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Through Aspiration of Subglottic Secretions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Leasure, A. Renee PhD, RN, CCRN, CNS; Stirlen, Joan MPH, BSN, RN; Lu, Shu Hua PhD, RN

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Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a subset of hospital-acquired pneumonias and is a serious, sometimes fatal, complication in patients who need mechanical ventilation. In addition, pay-for-performance initiative has placed increased emphasis on preventing nosocomial infections including VAP. Facilities may not be reimbursed for costs associated with prevalence infections. This article presents a review and meta-analysis of the prevention of VAP through the aspiration of subglottic secretion.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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