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Am J Infect Control. 2010 Apr;38(3):237-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2009.10.003. Epub 2010 Feb 19.

Interobserver variability in ventilator-associated pneumonia surveillance.

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Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, MA 02245, USA. mklompas@partners.org

Abstract

Three infection control personnel and 1 physician independently evaluated 50 ventilated patients for ventilator-associated pneumonia through retrospective chart reviews. The infection control reviewers used Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria; the physician used clinical judgment. Infection control personnel labelled between 11 and 20 patients with VAP (kappa = 0.40). The physician diagnosed 7 cases. Interobserver variability in the assessment of ventilator-associated pneumonia is high.

PMID:
20171757
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2009.10.003
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