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
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.
31(2):102-117, March/April 2012.
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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.
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