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Minimising ventilator acquired pneumonia

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the leading cause of death among hospital-acquired infections. ICU patients are especially vulnerable for a variety of reasons:

VAP is an avoidable risk. Strategies for minimising risk include

These are further explored in nearby pages in this section. Although there are many important aspects to VAP prevention, it is vital not to overlook the continued importance of generic infection prevention measures, especially hand hygiene.

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