Ventilator-associated Complications, Including Infection-related Complications. The Way Forward

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Abstract

Acute respiratory failure represents the most common condition requiring admission to an adult intensive care unit. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has been used as a marker of quality for patients with respiratory failure. Hospital-based process-improvement initiatives to prevent VAP have been successfully used. The use of ventilator-associated complications (VACs) has been proposed as an objective marker to assess the quality of care for this patient population. The use of evidence-based bundles targeting the reduction of VACs, as well as the conduct of prospective studies showing that VACs are preventable complications, are reasonable first-steps in addressing this important clinical problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • ICU
  • Pneumonia
  • VAC
  • VAP

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