How are sputum samples for stains and cultures obtained in intubated patients with bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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In intubated patients admitted to the ICU, some researchers suggest that airway samples for stains and cultures obtained initially on admission may aid in directing antibiotic therapy should ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) ensue several days after admission. [59] However, fiberoptic bronchoscopy has largely replaced transtracheal aspiration for obtaining lower respiratory secretions.

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