Complications of mechanical ventilation: new paradigm

The CDC has released a new set of definitions to allow hospitals to track complications related to mechanical ventilation, and to replace existing definitions of ventilator associated pneumonia. This change was meant to broaden the focus to all complications of mechanical ventilation, not just pneumonia and also to provide more specificity to the definitions, so that hospitals could perform surveillance more reliably.

Complications of mechanical ventilation: the CDC’s new surveillance paradigm. Klompas 2013.