Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia / Edition 1

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Overview

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) continues to be one of the greatest challenges to critical care practitioners and one of the greatest threats to the survival of our patients. The choice of this topic for an issue of the PERSPECTIVES IN CRITICAL CARE INFECTIOUS DISEASES Series is therefore quite appropriate.
Despite its importance, many areas of the management of ventilator-associated pneumonia remain controversial. We therefore are pleased to include contributions from experts and investigators offering different perspectives on some of these controversial areas.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a multiauthored monograph on management of pneumonia in the patient receiving mechanical ventilation, a key critical care issue. This is volume 4 in the Perspectives On Critical Care Infectious Diseases series.
Purpose: Controversies focusing on diagnosis and management are reviewed from a multinational perspective.
Audience: The senior trainee or practitioner in critical care is an appropriate audience for this work. An international group of contributors provide a broad and balanced perspective.
Features: The book's 10 chapters are each approximately 15 pages in length and divided into subheadings. Presentations are clear and an adequate reference list with each presentation dates to within two years of publication. there are no Illustrations or photographs, but tables are used to summarize literature and data. The table of contents includes chapter title and authorship while the concluding index highlights key topics and microorganisms.
Assessment: This is a concise and clearly written discussion of ventilator-associated pneumonia. The reader is left without a conclusion on critical issues but can be reassured of a balanced review on three key issues: diagnosis, treatment strategy, and the effect of emergence of resistant pathogens. Even the data which argues the importance of ventilator-associated pneumonia as an independent clinical entity is critically reviewed.
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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD(University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a multiauthored monograph on management of pneumonia in the patient receiving mechanical ventilation, a key critical care issue. This is volume 4 in the Perspectives On Critical Care Infectious Diseases series.
Purpose: Controversies focusing on diagnosis and management are reviewed from a multinational perspective.
Audience: The senior trainee or practitioner in critical care is an appropriate audience for this work. An international group of contributors provide a broad and balanced perspective.
Features: The book's 10 chapters are each approximately 15 pages in length and divided into subheadings. Presentations are clear and an adequate reference list with each presentation dates to within two years of publication. there are no Illustrations or photographs, but tables are used to summarize literature and data. The table of contents includes chapter title and authorship while the concluding index highlights key topics and microorganisms.
Assessment: This is a concise and clearly written discussion of ventilator-associated pneumonia. The reader is left without a conclusion on critical issues but can be reassured of a balanced review on three key issues: diagnosis, treatment strategy, and the effect of emergence of resistant pathogens. Even the data which argues the importance of ventilator-associated pneumonia as an independent clinical entity is critically reviewed.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface; R.G. Wunderink, J. Rello. 1. Diagnosis of Pneumonia; J.-Y. Fagon, J. Chastre. 2. Diagnosis of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia; One American's Perspective; M.S. Niederman. 3. Prevention of Pneumonia in Mechanically Ventilated Patients; J. Vallés. 4. Is Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Cost Effective?; M.H. Kollef. 5. Role of the Oropharynx and Digestive Tract in the Pathogenesis of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia; C.A. van Nieuwenhoven, M.J.M. Bonte. 6. Treatment of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia; European Perspective; J. Solé-Violán, F.R. de Castro. 7. Treatment of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia; North American Perspective; R.G. Wunderink. 8. Resistant Pathogens: Emergence and Control in ICU Patients; J. Chastre. 9. Resistant Pathogens: Emergence and Control; P. Winokur, et al. 10. Mortality and Morbidity of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: The Controversy; J. Carlet, et al. Index.

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