Ventilator-associated pneumonia

European Respiratory Society - ERS
European Respiratory Society (ERS)
Publication date:
01 January 2001


In the last decade, considerable investigational efforts have been made in the field of the management of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Several studies have provided important insights into the relationship of histology and bacteriology of VAP, which remain fundamental for all future research. Moreover, epidemiological research has allowed establishment of concepts for empiric initial antimicrobial treatment that are expected to improve clinical outcomes. Important contributions have also been made regarding prevention of VAP.