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Strategies to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update

  • Michael Klompas (a1) (a2), Richard Branson (a3), Eric C. Eichenwald (a4), Linda R. Greene (a5), Michael D. Howell (a6), Grace Lee (a1) (a7), Shelley S. Magill (a8), Lisa L. Maragakis (a9), Gregory P. Priebe (a2) (a7) (a10), Kathleen Speck (a11), Deborah S. Yokoe (a2) and Sean M. Berenholtz (a11) (a12) (a13)...

Previously published guidelines are available that provide comprehensive recommendations for detecting and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The intent of this document is to highlight practical recommendations in a concise format to assist acute care hospitals in implementing and prioritizing strategies to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and other ventilator-associated events (VAEs) and to improve outcomes for mechanically ventilated adults, children, and neonates. This document updates "Strategies to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Acute Care Hospitals," published in 2008. This expert guidance document is sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and is the product of a collaborative effort led by SHEA, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and The Joint Commission, with major contributions from representatives of a number of organizations and societies with content expertise. The list of endorsing and supporting organizations is presented in the introduction to the 2014 updates.

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