Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

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The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX
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Tracheostomy - Causative or Preventive for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia?

Author(s): Denise P. Veelo, Jan M. Binnekade, Marcus J. Schultz.

Abstract:

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common complication in intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. A tracheostomy has been suggested to benefit patients with prolonged need for mechanical ventilation and may protect against VAP. However, a causal relationship between tracheostomy and VAP has also been suggested. This manuscript reviews the literature regarding the (causal) relationship between tracheostomy and VAP in adult critically ill patients.

Keywords: Ventilator associated pneumonia, tracheostomy, risk factors, timing, outcome

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Article Details

VOLUME: 6
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2010
Page: [52 - 57]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/157339810790820476