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An Official Multi-Society StatementAn Official Multi-Society Statement: Ventilator-Associated Events: The New Definition

Suhail Raoof, MBBS, FCCP; Michael H. Baumann, MD, FCCP on Behalf of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative*
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From the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Dr Baumann), University of Mississippi Medical Center; and Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Raoof), New York Methodist Hospital.

Correspondence to: Suhail Raoof, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, New York Methodist Hospital, 506 Sixth St, Brooklyn, NY 11215; e-mail: sur9016@nyp.org


*The Critical Care Societies Collaborative consists of American College of Chest Physicians, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and American Thoracic Society.

Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2014;145(1):10-12. doi:10.1378/chest.13-2731
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In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defined ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) as a new or progressive and persistent radiographic abnormality developing in a patient on mechanical ventilation (or within 48 hours of mechanical ventilation), who must also demonstrate: one or more systemic signs (fever, leukopenia or leukocytosis, or altered mental status in those > 70 years of age) and selected pulmonary criteria (e.g., change in respiratory secretions, new onset of cough, dyspnea, rales, bronchial breath sounds, or worsening oxygenation). Additional criteria were available for reporting VAP with laboratory evidence of infection and for VAP in immunocompromised patients.

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