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

Brun-Buisson, Christian
May 2007
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2007, Vol. 146 Issue 3, p62
Academic Journal
The article comments on a study by the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, which examines the use of different diagnostic techniques for ventilator-associated pneumonia in France. The author cited that the clinical trial used a factorial design to evaluate both the diagnostic approach and antibiotic therapy. Furthermore, Gram stains were used in part to initiate therapy and early cultures to adapt therapy in both groups of the trial.


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