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Quantitative versus qualitative cultures of respiratory secretions for clinical outcomes in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia (Protocol)

Author(s)DC Berton; A Kalil; M Cavalcanti; PJZ Teixeira
AbstractThis is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To determine whether quantitative cultures of respiratory secretions are effective in reducing mortality in immunocompetent patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) when compared with qualitative cultures.
To determine the same outcome, but comparing invasive and non-invasive strategies using only quantitative cultures.
Date of publishing04/18/2007
Date of last review by us06/28/2007
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