New approaches to the diagnosis of VAP

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Ventilator-associated pneumonia has been shown to be an independent predictor of mortality among critically ill patients. Timely diagnosis of this condition is therefore essential. This article reviews established and newer diagnostic approaches to VAP, including nonbronchoscopic lower airway sampling methods such as blind bronchial suctioning and mini-bronchoalveolar lavage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364+369-370+376-379+424
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1997


  • Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonia, ventilator-associated
  • Protected specimen brush (PSB)


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