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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