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Recommendations prioritize strategies to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia
Date:7/16/2014

  • Assess readiness to extubate daily.
  • Encourage exercise and mobilization.
  • Use endotracheal tubes with subglottic secretion drainage for high risk patients.
  • Elevate the head of the bed.

  • For pediatric and neonatal patients:

    • Avoid intubation if possible.
    • Minimize the duration of mechanical ventilation.
    • Provide regular oral care (toothbrushing, gauze or sterile water only depending on age).
    • Elevate the head of the bed (pediatric patients only).

    The new practice recommendations are a part of Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Updates, a series of articles sharing evidence-based strategies to help healthcare professionals effectively control and prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The 2014 release revises the initial 2008 Compendium publication.


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