The Impact of Systematic Assessment and Early Volume Expansion and Secretion Clearance Intervention on Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
Hewitt MJ, et al. | Journal of Respiratory Care | 2007

This retrospective review evaluated the impact of the implementation of a protocol for early intervention with volume expansion and secretion clearance in ICU patients at risk for VAP. In the nine-month period following the change in protocol, the authors found a trend toward VAP rate reductions (P = 0.07). Additional studies are needed to evaluate the role of specific lung expansion and secretion clearance therapies in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia.

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  • Care Settings: Acute Care
  • Clinical Focus: Respiratory Care
  • Content Type: Abstracts / Posters
  • Related Products: The Vest® Airway Clearance System
  • Reference: Hewitt MJ, et al. Respiratory Care. http://www.rcjournal.com/abstracts/2007/?id=aarc07_116. 2007. Accessed December 10, 2011.