Use of different diagnostic methods for ventilator-associated pneumonia did not affect mortality or targeted antibiotic use

Heyland, D.; Cook, D.; Dodek, P.; Muscedere, P.
May 2007
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2007, Vol. 146 Issue 3, p62
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which identifies the use of different diagnostic methods for ventilator-associated pneumonia. The author noted that a diagnostic strategy using bronchoalveolar lavage with quantitative culture was associated with mortality and overall antibiotic use was similar to a strategy based on endotracheal aspiration with nonquantitative culture. Empirical intravenous antibiotic therapy was initiated in all patients until culture results were available.


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