Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Special prevention for hospital-associated pneumonia

Although prompt use of proper antibiotics is the cornerstone for treating ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), there are many non-pharmacological interventions which can significantly reduce risk of VAP incidence. The non-pharmacological interventions are summarized in table
Recent meta-analysis has also indicated that the following interventions are associated with significantly lower levels of VAP: (i) kinetic bed therapy; (ii) subglottic secretion drainage; (iii) oral decontamination with chlorhexidine; (iv) Proper sterilization of respiratory equipment as shown in table 2
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