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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia : Is There Any Gold in These Standards?

Kenneth D. Chinsky, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Erie, PA
 ,  Dr. Chinsky is in practice with Chest Diseases of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Correspondence to: Kenneth Chinsky, MD, FCCP, 3580 Peach St, Suite 103A, Erie, PA 16508; e-mail: LChinsky@aol.com



Chest. 2002;122(6):1883-1885. doi:10.1378/chest.122.6.1883
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Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is not only a common hospital-acquired infection but is said to be the most frequent infection in the ICU.2 A literature search also suggests it must be one of the most studied and written-about topics in critical care. There seems to be a relatively constant risk per day of developing pneumonia while receiving mechanical ventilation.3 It is a problem that every hospital must address. Regardless how common it is, and despite the voluminous literature already in existence, controversies remain in every aspect of VAP including epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and outcomes assessment.

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