Lung Ultrasound: A Promising Tool to Monitor Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Critically Ill Patients

Guyi Wang; Xiaoying Ji; Yongshan Xu; Xudong Xiang


Crit Care. 2016;20(320) 

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Published data show that LUS is an accurate bedside tool to detect and monitor VAP, especially in the critical care setting. It helps to reduce the overexposure of patients to radiation. Therefore, the use of LUS as a standard of care should be encouraged, especially in the ICU. However, the presence of specific sonographic features merely indicates VAP. Further research regarding a protocol including LUS findings as well as infectious and microbiological data is warranted to increase the diagnostic efficiency of VAP in clinical practice.