Treating VAP: The Importance of Getting Initial Antibiotic Coverage Right

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SYNOPSIS: In this study in which all patients with clinically suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia were given prompt empiric antibiotic therapy, whether that therapy turned out to be appropriate for the organisms recovered turned out to be an important determinant of patient outcomes.

SOURCE: Muscedere JG, et al for the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. The adequacy of timely empiric antibiotic therapy for ventilator-associated pneumonia: An important determinant of outcome. J Crit Care 2011;Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print.]

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