current perceptions
Dr.T.V.Rao MD
Tamaka Kolar
Professor Department of Microbiology Sri Deva Raj Urs Medical College, Tamaka, Kolar , India


Still the Old man s friend?
‡ Bacterial, Viral, Chemical, Aspiration, Nosocomial, Community Acquired, Walking, Bronchopneumonia, Necrotizing,

Ventilator associated 2

Pneumonia can be a life threatening condition Is Something Serious ?
‡ Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilatorassociated pneumonia (VAP), is an important cause of morbidity and
mortality in hospitalized patients. 3

Ventilator associated pneumonia ‡ Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is defined as nosocomial pneumonia occurring in a patient after 48 hours of mechanical ventilation via a tracheal or tracheostomy tube. It is commonly classified as either early onset (occurring within 96 hours of start of mechanical ventilation) or late onset (>96 hours after start of mechanical ventilation) 4 .

as the problem was studied and evidence accumulated.Early concepts ‡ As early as 5 . it was thought that pathogens came from the ventilator equipment in use. doctortvrao@gmail. it became evident that the origin of the VAP was from a source other than the ventilator equipment. However. studies have shown that the airway of mechanically ventilated patients quickly becomes colonized with gram-negative organisms. In the past.

Key Points ‡ VAP is the 2nd most common nosocomial infection = 15% of all hospital acquired infections ‡ Incidence = 9% to 70% of patients on ventilators ‡ Increased ICU stay by several days ‡ Increased avg.Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) . M. J. doctortvrao@gmail. Rumbak. Journal of Respiratory Disease. hospital stay 1 to 3 weeks ‡ Mortality = 13% to 55% ‡ Added costs of $40. Strategies for prevention and treatment.000 per stay Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.000 .$50. p. 21 (5). 6 . 2003. (2000).

and still there is no "goldstandard" diagnostic method. radiological.Centres for Disease and Control ‡ The diagnosis of pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients is 7 . and microbiological criteria defined by Centres for Disease and Control (CDC) doctortvrao@gmail. It is usually based on the combination of clinical.

com 8 . doctortvrao@gmail.Challenge and Controversy ‡ The diagnosis and management of VAP remains one of the most controversial and challenging topics in management of critically ill patients.

meningococcus) Delayed appropriate antibiotics Yeasts and Enterococcus Site ‡ For Dying ‡ For Both ± Cultural or religious impediment to treatment doctortvrao@gmail.g.Who are prone -High Risk Patients ‡ For Sepsis ± ± ± ± ± ± ± ± ± Post op / post procedure / post trauma Post splenectomy (encapsulated organisms) Cancer Transplant / immune supressed Alcoholic / Malnourished Genetic predisposition ( 9 .

com 10 .Nosocomial infection are Multidrug Resistant ‡ Many patients with HAP. VAP. and HCAP are at increased risk for colonization and infection with MDR pathogens ‡ HAP and VAP are a frequent cause of nosocomial infection that is associated with a higher crude mortality than other hospital-acquired infections doctortvrao@gmail.

On the other hand.Aspiration ‡ Aspiration of colonized pathogenic microorganisms on the oropharynx and gastrointestinal tract is the main route for the development of 11 . the major risk factor for VAP is intubation and the duration of mechanical ventilation doctortvrao@gmail.

pneumonia accounted for 47% of nosocomial infections 12 . the type of hospital or ICU. depending on the definition. and the type of rate calculated and varies from 7% to 70% In a large database. 1-day point prevalence study.Variation of Incidence Rate ‡ In different studies. conducted in 1417 European ICUs. the population studied. the incidence of VAP was reported different.

Aero digestive .upper airway + upper digestive tract contribute pathogens ‡ The primary route of VAP pathogenesis is a combination of two processes: bacterial colonization of the aero digestive (upper airway + upper digestive) tract and the subsequent aspiration into the lower 13 . doctortvrao@gmail.

3% developed between days 11-15 ± 2.2% developed between days 6 and 10 ± 11. Incidence of and risk factors for ventilator-associated pneumonia in critically ill patients. doctortvrao@gmail.5% developed after day 21 Cook et al. .When does VAP occur? ‡ Cook et al showed . .com 14 .8% developed between days 16 and 20 ± 4. ± 40.1% developed before day 5 ± 41.

3% per day at day 15 . doctortvrao@gmail.3% per day at day 5 ± 2.3% per day at day 10 ± 15 .Time frame of intubation and risk ‡ Risk of pneumonia at intubation days ± 3. 16 .PAHOGENESIS ± The pathogenesis of ventilator-associated pneumonia usually requires that two important processes take place: ‡ Bacterial colonization of the aero digestive tract ‡ The aspiration of contaminated secretions into the lower airway.

Mechanical device also contributes the events 17 .

rates are especially high in patients with ARDS 18 .Etiology ‡ Bacteria cause most cases of HAP. VAP. and HCAP and many infections are polymicrobial.

com 19 ± Pseudomonas aeruginosa ± Acinetobacter .Causative Organisms ‡ Early onset: ± ± ± ± ± Haemophilus influenza Streptococcus pneumoniae Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin sensitive) Escherichia coli Klebseilla ‡ Late onset: ± Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin resistant) ‡ Most strains responsible for early onset VAP are antibiotic sensitive. Those responsible for late onset VAP are usually multiple antibiotic resistant Am J Resp Crit Care (1995) doctortvrao@gmail.

Hunter J D Postgrad Med J 2006.Summary of pathogens responsible for VAP in a study of 420 ©2006 by The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine 20 .82:172-178 doctortvrao@gmail.

P. aeruginosa and methicillin-resistant 21 . doctortvrao@gmail. aureus (MRSA).Drug resistance a concern in Ventilator Associated Pneumonias ‡ A. The other common isolated pathogens were K. baumanni was the most common emerging isolated pathogen many of them were multidrugresistant (MDR) or pan drug-resistant (PDR). pneumoniae.

‡ the most common MDR gram-negative bacterial pathogen causing HAP/VAP. and Serratia species. has intrinsic resistance to many antimicrobial agents ± Klebsiella.Other Isolates in Ventilator associated Pneumonias ± Pseudomonas 22 . ‡ Klebsiella species ± intrinsically resistant to ampicillin and other aminopenicillins and can acquire resistance to cephalosporins and aztreonam by the production of extended-spectrum ±lactamases (ESBLs) ± However ESBL-producing strains remain susceptible to carbapenems ? ‡ Enterobacter species ‡ Citrobacter and Serratia species doctortvrao@gmail. Enterobacter.

and Burkholderia cepacia: ± resistant to carbapenems ? doctortvrao@gmail. Most recent 23 .Acinetobacter species ± Acinetobacter species ‡ More than 85% of isolates are susceptible to carbapenems. ‡ Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. but resistance is increasing .

S." .Newer Carbapenemases ‡ As of June 2010. the CDC stated that "All three U. there were three reported cases of Enterobacteriaceae isolates bearing this newly described resistance mechanism in the US. isolates were from patients who received recent medical care in India.


com 26 . and most remain sensitive to broadspectrum quinolones doctortvrao@gmail.Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae ± Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ‡ vancomycin-intermediate S. but is currently rare ? ± Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. ‡ sensitive to vancomycin or linezolid. aureus. aureus ± sensitive to linezolid ± linezolid resistance has emerged in S.

pneumophila vary considerably between hospitals and disease occurs more commonly with serogroup 1 when the water supply is colonized or there is ongoing construction 27 . Pneumophila and environment ‡ Rates of L.

and use of anti influenza agents doctortvrao@gmail.Influenza too can cause VAP ‡ Nosocomial virus and fungal infections are uncommon causes of HAP and VAP in immunocompetent 28 . vaccination. Outbreaks of influenza have occurred sporadically and risk of infection can be substantially reduced with widespread effective infection control.

com 29 .Fungal pathogens can cause VAP ±Fungal pathogens. ‡Aspergillus species ‡Candida albicans doctortvrao@gmail.

via oropharyngeal colonization or GI colonization ± Ventilator system ‡ How do they get into the lung? ± Breakdown of normal host defenses ± Two main routes ‡ Through the tube ‡ Around the 30 .Pathogenesis Entry of Pathogens ‡ Where do the bacteria come from? ± Tracheal colonization.microaspiration around ETT cuff doctortvrao@gmail.

Oropharyngeal colonization can be source of VAP ‡ Scannapieco et al showed a transition in the colonization of dental plaques in patients in the ICU ‡ Control=25 subjects presenting to preventive dentistry clinic ‡ Study group=34 noncardiac patients admitted to medical ICU at VA hospital (sampled within 12 hours of admission and every third day) 31 .

The pathogenesis of ventilator-associated pneumonia: its relevance to developing effective strategies for prevention 32 .Gastrointestinal colonization ‡ Increased gastric pH leads to bacterial overgrowth ‡ Reflux can then lead to colonization of oropharynx ‡ Use of antacids and H2 blockers associated with GI colonization Safdar et al.

‡ Influenza. such as influenza.Viral Pathogens ‡ Outbreaks of HAP. VAP. measles. and HCAP due to viruses. adenovirus. and respiratory Syncytial virus account for 70% of the nosocomial viral cases of HAP. 33 . and respiratory Syncytial virus have been reported and are usually seasonal. and HCAP doctortvrao@gmail. adenovirus. pararinfluenza.

Bio films ‡ Many species. doctortvrao@gmail. and make them relatively resistant to the actions of antibiotics and host defences. including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. produce bio 34 . which surround the organisms when attached to endotracheal tubes.

Bio 35 . ‡ The surviving organisms may play a role in relapses by shedding infective particles from the endotracheal tube into the lower respiratory trac doctortvrao@gmail.

hospital. those with risk factors for HCAP. which underscores the need for local surveillance data ‡ MDR pathogens are more commonly isolated from patients with 36 . chronic underlying disease.Multidrug resistant organisms are associated with ‡ The prevalence of MDR pathogens varies by patient population. and patients with late-onset HAP or VAP doctortvrao@gmail. and type of ICU.

Diagnosis? ‡ A pulmonogist with 25+ years experience guesses he is only correct 60% of the time when diagnosing pneumonia before seeing the CXR. A little better than a coin-toss. 37 .

cough. tachypnea cultures of blood/sputum/tracheal aspirate/pleural fluids ±Microbiological factors . change in 38 .new or changing infiltrates doctortvrao@gmail.Diagnosis is imprecise and usually based on a Combination of ±Clinical factors .positive ±CXR factors .fever or hypothermia. apnea/ bradycardia.

Strategies in Diagnosis in VAP are multifaceted ‡ Clinical Strategy ‡ Bacteriologic Strategy ‡ Comparing Diagnostic Strategy 39 .

Diagnostic practices ‡ VAP ± Invasive versus non-invasive techniques ± BAL/PBB versus tracheal aspirate ± Quantitative versus non-quantitative methods ‡ Infection definitions ± Clinician decision or standardised definitions 40 .

blind 41 . With nonbronchoscopic techniques.Specimen collection for Optimal Results ‡ Distal airway samples may be obtained by using bronchoscopic or nonbronchoscopic techniques. a catheter is blindly advanced through the endotracheal tube or tracheostomy and wedged in the distal airway. and blind PSB sampling. Various sampling methods include blind bronchial suction (BBS). doctortvrao@gmail.

experience.tvrao 2 Bacteriologic Strategy ‡ Quantitative cultures can be performed on endotracheal aspirates or samples collected either bronchoscopically or 42 . and each technique has its own diagnostic threshold and methodologic limitations. The choice of method depends on local expertise. and cost doctortvrao@gmail. availability.

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‡ Gram staining and nonquantitative and semiquantitative cultures of tracheal secretions have the advantages of reproducibility and of requiring little technical expertise and no specialized equipment or technique. However.Nonquantitative or semiquantitative airway sampling. colonized by potential pulmonary pathogens. these studies add little to the sensitivity and specificity of the clinical diagnosis of VAP. as the upper respiratory tract is rapidly. within hours of intubation. even when pneumonia is not present 43 .

com 44 . A dilution of the tracheal aspirate was prepared and inoculated with a calibrated loop on chocolate agar and MacConkey agar doctortvrao@gmail. following specimen collection guidelines.Specimen collection ‡ Tracheobronchial secretions were collected by the pulmonologist . The specimens were sent to the laboratory and cultivated within 1 hour of collection. after tracheal instillation of 5 ml saline.

and quantitative cultures were considered positive when the growth of 105 colony-forming units (cfu)/ml or more was observed.Qualitative cultures X Qualitative cultures ‡ Qualitative cultures were considered positive when the growth of any micro-organism occurred. 45 .

Culture positivity true or false? ‡ Qualitative cultures were considered positive when the growth of any micro-organism occurred and quantitative cultures were considered positive when the growth of 105 colony-forming units (cfu)/ml or more was 46 . cultures from tracheal aspirates were calculated according to standard formulae doctortvrao@gmail.

com 47 .As the trachea and tracheal tube rapidly become colonised with bacteria in the critically ill patient. cultures of sputum or tracheal aspirates may simply yield colonising organism doctortvrao@gmail.Which is optimal sample ? ‡ Despite numerous publications on the subject. controversy still exists on the optimal method of microbiological diagnosis of VAP.

com 48 .Differentiates between pathogenic from non pathogenic ? ‡ Analysing samples using quantitative culture techniques theoretically permits differentiation between oropharyngeal organisms present at low concentrations and the higher concentrations of pathogenic organisms. doctortvrao@gmail.

the procedure which is specific. thus. No studies have shown the superiority of any specific diagnostic method currently in use. rapid and inexpensive is yet to be developed. 49 .WHY IS THERE NO GOLD STANDARD? ‡ After more than 10 years of trying multiple invasive and non-invasive diagnostic techniques. medical community still has no gold standard for the diagnosis of VAP doctortvrao@gmail.

all have their advantages and disadvantages.Good Microbiology practices reduces Antibiotic usage ‡ Invasive tests such as bronchoscope BAL or protected specimen brush (PSB) may avoid the extended use of antibiotics for clinically insignificant organisms. 50 . but no direct consensus or evidence suggests that one test is superior to the other.

Precautions in collecting and transporting ‡ After proper hand washing and wearing sterile gloves before suctioning. the endotracheal secretions were collected by instilling 1-2 ml of sterile normal saline into the endotracheal tube and then collecting it back with the help of sterile mucous trap. 51 . The specimen collected was immediately transported to the laboratory within one hour of collection.

NO HAP/VAP 94% 52 .Gram stain is highly sensitive Sputum or tracheal suction gram stain NO ORGANISMS in non-neutropenic pts.

However prior antibiotic and corticosteroid therapy can reduce the sensitivity of this technique 53 . A positive Gram's stain may guide the initial antibiotic therapy.Gram staining of secretions are useful in early decisions ‡ The upper respiratory tract of patients is colonized with potential pulmonary pathogens a few hours after intubation.

PSB .non specific Semi-quantitative culture .com 54 ‡ .Bacterial culture of tracheal secretion ‡ ‡ Qualitative culture .low specificity Quantitative culture : TS. BAL.increase specificity doctortvrao@gmail.

doctortvrao@gmail. and blind PSB sampling. Various sampling methods include blind bronchial suction (BBS). a catheter is blindly advanced through the endotracheal tube or tracheostomy and wedged in the distal airway. With nonbronchoscopic 55 . blind BAL.Collection of bronchial Secretions ‡ Distal airway samples may be obtained by using bronchoscopic or nonbronchoscopic techniques.

the BAL technique is still not completely standardized. doctortvrao@gmail. 56 . The amount of liquid instilled into the lung for specimen retrieval varies from 130 to 150 ml. with the first sample being discarded.Bronchoscopic BAL ‡ Bronchoscopic BAL has been in use since 1988 (See Figure 1).

doctortvrao@gmail. a catheter is blindly advanced through the endotracheal tube or tracheostomy and wedged in the distal airway. Various sampling methods include blind bronchial suction (BBS). blind BAL. and blind PSB sampling. With nonbronchoscopic 57 .Collection of bronchial Secretions ‡ Distal airway samples may be obtained by using bronchoscopic or nonbronchoscopic techniques.

Specific affected area of the lung can be visualized and sampled ‡ More accurate than sputum or tracheal aspirates ‡ May enable physician to identify non-infectious lesions ‡ Detects intracellular organisms in BAL cultures quickly and specifically ‡ with highly positive predictive value doctortvrao@gmail.‡ The sensitivity of quantitative BAL is 42 to 93% with a mean of 58 . Specificity is 45 to ‡ 100% with a mean of 82%.

low specificity Quantitative culture : TS. PSB . 59 .Bacterial culture of tracheal secretion ‡ ‡ ‡ Qualitative culture .increase specificity doctortvrao@gmail.non specific Semi-quantitative culture .

com 60 .Protected Specimen Brush ProBAL© PSB by Mill-Rose ‡ The protected specimen brush technique for the diagnosis of pneumonia has been used for 20 years. The brush is then extended into the desired specimen and withdrawn. This technique was first described in 1979 by Wimberly. This bronchoscopic technique use a sample collection brush (protected by a sheath) inside the scope channel until the suspect portion of the lower airway has been reached. doctortvrao@gmail. et al.

com 61 .Semiquantitative 1+ : rare <10 colonies/plate 2+: few 10-102 colonies/plate 3+: moderate >102-3 colonies/plate 4+: numerous >103-4 colonies/plate 5+: numerous >104 colonies/plate doctortvrao@gmail.

Collection of bronchial Secretions
‡ Distal airway samples may be obtained by using bronchoscopic or nonbronchoscopic techniques. With nonbronchoscopic techniques, a catheter is blindly advanced through the endotracheal tube or tracheostomy and wedged in the distal airway. Various sampling methods include blind bronchial suction (BBS), blind BAL, and blind PSB sampling. 62

Qualitative and quantitative
‡ Qualitative endotracheal aspirates are easy to obtain but have a high false-positive rate in ICU patients because of airway colonization. When quantitative endotracheal-aspirate cultures are used, a cutoff value of 106 is the most accurate, with a sensitivity of 38-82% and a specificity of 72-85%


Differing opinions in specimen collection
‡ Recent studies have consistently shown that outcome in VAP may not be influenced by whether cultures are obtained by bronchoscope or from tracheal aspirates collected at the bedside. Furthermore, a cost effectiveness analysis strongly supported the employment of tracheal aspirates in the management of VAP.

Ruiz M, Torres A, Ewig S, Marcos MA, Alcón A, Lledó R, Asejo MA,Maldonado M: Noninvasive versus invasive microbial investigation in ventilator associated pneumonia: evaluation of outcome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2000, 162:119-125.


com 65 . Verônica Moreira Amado1. Carmen Sílvia Valente Barbas1. Milton Rodrigues Jr1. quantitative cultures of tracheal aspirates should not replace qualitative cultures for confirmation of diagnosis or management of antibiotic therapy. ‡ Ventilator associated pneumonia: comparison betweenquantitative and qualitative cultures of tracheal aspirates Luis Fernando Aranha Camargo1. Marco Aurélio Scarpinella Bueno1. Jacyr Pasternak4 and Elias Knobel5 doctortvrao@gmail.Severely ill patients need ‡ In selected groups of severely ill patients. Marinês Dalla Valle Martino4. Fernando Vinícius De Marco2. Cristiane Hoelz1. Raquel Caserta3.

Which methods of collection is better ‡ Two diagnostic strategies for ventilatorassociated pneumonia bronchoalveolar lavage with quantitative culture of the bronchoalveolar-lavage fluid and endotracheal aspiration with nonquantitative culture of the aspirate are associated with similar clinical outcomes and similar overall use of antibiotics ‡ A Randomized Trial of Diagnostic Techniques for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia N Engl J Med 66 . 355:2619-2630December 21. 2006 doctortvrao@gmail.

And also. ICU patients do not always have systemic signs of infection due to their underlying disease (chronic renal failure) doctortvrao@gmail.False negative False Positive Results ‡ Investigators reported that the clinical diagnosis of VAP is associated 30 35% false-negative and 20 25% false-positive results .com 67 .

even though spread to the blood or pleural space occurs in < 10% of VAP doctortvrao@gmail. most experts recommend that investigation of suspected VAP should include taking two sets of blood samples for culture and tapping pleural > 10 ml. 68 .Other Supporting Bacterial Cultures ‡ Bacteraemia and positive pleural effusion cultures are generally considered to be able to identify the organisms causing the pneumonia. if no other source of infection is found.

Consequently.Multiresistant pathogens in Ventilator associated pneumonias ‡ The incidence of multiresistant pathogens is also closely linked to local factors and varies widely from one institution to 69 . each ICU must continuously collect meticulous epidemiologic data doctortvrao@gmail.

Uncommon microbes are often missed ‡ Legionella species . and even Pneumocystis carinii should be mentioned as potential causative agents but are not considered to be common in the context of pneumonia acquired during MV. several of these causative agents may be more common and potentially underreported because of difficulties involved with the diagnostic doctortvrao@gmail. anaerobes fungi viruses. 70 .

and is involved in the acute inflammatory response.Immunological methods in Diagnosis ‡ A recently described immunological method for the diagnosis of VAP holds great promise for the future. 71 . Neutrophils express high levels of TREM-1 on exposure to infected tissues. The triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM-1) is a member of the immunoglobulin super family.

They showed that the presence of soluble TREM-1 in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid was a highly accurate method for the diagnosis of fungal or bacterial pneumonia with a sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 90%. A rapid immunoblot technique was used to measure soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells TREM-1 in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. doctortvrao@gmail.Newer Methods in Diagnosis ‡ Gibot and colleagues prospectively studied 148 mechanically ventilated patients with suspected 72 .

studies have shown that overtreatment with antibiotics may select organisms such as Pseudomonas aeruginosaand Acinetobacter calcoaceticus doctortvrao@gmail. ‡ Conversely.How much a clinician needs from Microbiology ‡ Culture results are currently used to guide adjustment or withdrawal of antibiotic therapy rather than to decide whether to treat or not. The practice of changing therapy with culture results has resulted in reduced consumption of 73 .

Evidence-based early and appropriate therapy in VAP Mortality Inappropriate Appropriate Early Mortality Mortality Mortality 74 .

com 75 .Benchmarking prescribing practice ‡ Triggers to starting antibiotics ± Regular sampling versus clinician guided ± Timing in relation to investigation ‡ Choice of antibiotic regimen ± Early empiric broad-spectrum cover versus narrow spectrum with escalation ‡ De-escalation practice ‡ Duration of prescription doctortvrao@gmail.

subsequent narrowing ± Concept is to not miss the organism with initial coverage and then deescalate when able to do it. NH. GPCs) Host factors (immunosuppression) Local susceptibility patterns ‡ Initial empiric and 76 .Best option in choosing Antibiotics ‡ Considerations in making selection ± ± ± ± Setting (community. hospital) Suspected organism (GNRs. doctortvrao@gmail.


doctortvrao@gmail. the majority of issues related to the management of VAP remain unresolved and are subject to 78 . despite these advances.No uniformity in treatment schedules ‡ However. This is particularly true for the diagnostic evaluation of the patient with suspected VAP.

and increase in the amount and/or purulence of tracheobronchial secretions.Clinical diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia What is not controversial? ‡ Clinical criteria for the diagnosis of VAP have a limited diagnostic accuracy. ‡ This is true for single criteria such as infiltrates in chest radiograph. as well as for diagnostic rules incorporating some of these criteria. leukocytosis or leucopoenia. doctortvrao@gmail. fever or 79 .

com 80 .Handwashing What role does handwashing play in nosocomial pneumonias? The greatest role doctortvrao@gmail.

doctortvrao@gmail. and/or coming into contact with respiratory secretions.VAP Prevention ‡ Wash hands before and after suctioning. touching ventilator 81 .

each ICU must continuously collect meticulous epidemiologic data doctortvrao@gmail. 82 .Epidemiological data differs from situations ‡ The incidence of multiresistant pathogens is also closely linked to local factors and varies widely from one institution to another.

no consensus has been reached concerning issues as basic as the optimal antimicrobial regimen or its duration. In fact. evaluation of various antimicrobial strategies for the treatment of bacterial VAP has been difficult for several reasons. to date. Despite broad clinical experience with this 83 .Can we deliver a successful Treatment ‡ Successful treatment of patients with VAP remains a difficult and complex undertaking. doctortvrao@gmail.

com 84 . most experts recommend that two sets of blood cultures and a thoracentesis for nonloculated pleural effusions of 10 mm in diameter on a lateral decubitus chest radiograph should be part of the evaluation of suspected VAP doctortvrao@gmail.Supporting Evidences ‡ Consequently.

‡ Hand washing is the single most important (and easiest!!!) method for reducing the transmission of pathogens. ‡ Use of waterless antiseptic preparations is also acceptable and may increase compliance.


Oral Care
‡ Dental plaque contains multiple pathogens (may include s. aureus and p. aeruginosa) ‡ After 48 hours, normal oral flora of critically ill pts changes to more virulent gram (-) organisms ‡ Aspiration of oral secretions around the cuff and ETT occurs in all vented patients ‡ VAP rates are reduced when oral care measures are included in a comprehensive prevention program 86

Probiotics in VAP
‡ Probiotics prophylaxis of VAP using Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG appears safe and efficacious in a select population with a very high risk of VAP, "Ultimately, probiotics may fulfil a role in antimicrobial stewardship programs given the reductions in antibiotic consumption.
‡ American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.


com 88 .Patient examination in the Intensive Care Unit ‡ MORE IS MISSED BY NOT LOOKING ‡ THAN BY NOT KNOWING doctortvrao@gmail.

com 89 .Interdisciplinary rivalry increases Mortality ‡ VAP is an excellent example of a problem that can best be solved by interdisciplinary cooperation rather than interdisciplinary rivalry and devaluing the contributions of selected members of the health care team. doctortvrao@gmail.

.."Million Lives Campaign ‡ "Million Lives Campaign" and included use of a ventilator bundle of interventions. developed and implemented the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI IHI Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Boston.. USA) . (http://www.. 90 .ihi.

com 91 .Medical Profession is Changing from Confidence to Confusion ? doctortvrao@gmail.

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com doctortvrao@gmail.KC held at M.Presented as Guest Lecture at Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM) 93 . Bangalore India on 4th Sept 2010 email doctortvrao@gmail. Ramaiah Medical College.