Early tracheotomy did not reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in adults ventilated for acute respiratory failure

Soth, Mark D.
August 2010
ACP Journal Club;8/17/2010, Vol. 153 Issue 2, p8
Academic Journal
The article reports on a study focusing on the effectiveness of early tracheotomy in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in adult patients ventilated for acute respiratory failure. The results showed significantly more ventilator-free days in the early tracheotomy group but not much difference in mortality or longer-term outcomes. Thus it demonstrated that early tracheotomy was not useful in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia in adult patients.


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