Which strategies are effective in the prevention of nosocomial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Answer

A number of preventative strategies have been applied in the prevention of nosocomial pneumonia. Some of these probably are effective or promising, and some are currently being evaluated.

The efficacious regimens are hand washing and isolation of patients with multiple resistant respiratory tract pathogens. Hand washing between patient contacts is a basic and often neglected behavior by medical personnel.

Interventions that should be considered or undertaken include nutritional support, attention to the size and nature of the gastrointestinal reservoir of microorganisms, careful handling of ventilator tubing and associated equipment, subglottic secretion drainage, and lateral-rotation bed therapy.

Go to Nosocomial Pneumonia for complete information on this topic.


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