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Crit Care Clin. 2013 Jan;29(1):33-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2012.10.004. Epub 2012 Nov 6.

Ventilator-associated complications, including infection-related complications: the way forward.

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  • 1Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO 63110, USA.


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.

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