Evidence-Based Assessment of Diagnostic Tests for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Executive Summary
      Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is difficult to diagnose, and the precise role of invasive testing is controversial. Confronted with a changing clinical or radiographic setting demanding specific therapy, clinicians increasingly use invasive testing to supplement their clinical judgment. Invasive techniques include the protected-specimen brush (PSB) technique and BAL.


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