Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia - The Role of the Endotracheal Tube

Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews, 05/07/2012

New technologies should address the multiple factors implicated in the pathogenesis of ventilator associated pneumonia, including aspiration elimination by improved cuff designs. However, surrogate outcomes, such as pulmonary aspiration and tracheal colonisation, should be considered when evaluating preventative strategies. Pulmonary aspiration and/or tracheal colonisation by pathogenic organisms are undesirable and should be unacceptable.

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