Quote from Celia M
I am looking for a really clear definition for VAP including wether patients admitted with pnuemonia who than grow a different bacteria in their sputum are thought to have VAP and which organisims are most commonly associated with VAP. Thanks for your help.
Check out the CDC website; type "VAP" in the search area, and scroll down until you see Guidelines for Preventing Health-care Acquired Pneumonia". It's a LONG document but it should tell you what you need to know....OR you could type in "NNIS" in the search area and click on "NNIS-National Nosocomial Surveillance System" which will lead you directly to definition of all nosocomial defintions and just keep scrolling down until you find the one related to VAP. Hope this helps.