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How Can We Distinguish Ventilator-Associated Tracheobronchitis from Pneumonia?

A new interesting article has been published in Clin Chest Med. 2018 Dec;39(4):785-796. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2018.08.003. Review and titled:

How Can We Distinguish Ventilator-Associated Tracheobronchitis from Pneumonia?

Authors of this article are:

Keane S, Vallecoccia MS, Nseir S, Martin-Loeches I.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis (VAT) might represent an intermediate process between lower respiratory tract colonization and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), or even a less severe spectrum of VAP. There is an urgent need for new concepts in the arena of ventilator-associated lower respiratory tract infections. Ideally, the gold standard of care is based on prevention rather than treatment of respiratory infection. However, despite numerous and sometimes imaginative efforts to validate the benefit of these measures, most clinicians now accept that currently available measures have failed to eradicate VAP. Stopping the progression from VAT to VAP could improve patient outcomes.

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