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Developing a New, National Approach to Surveillance for Ventilator-Associated Events: Executive Summary

  • Shelley S. Magill (a1), Michael Klompas (a2) (a3) (a4), Robert Balk (a5) (a6), Suzanne M. Burns (a6) (a7), Clifford S. Deutschman (a6) (a8), Daniel Diekema (a9) (a10), Scott Fridkin (a1), Linda Greene (a11) (a12), Alice Guh (a1), David Gutterman (a6) (a13), Beth Hammer (a6) (a14), David Henderson (a15), Dean R. Hess (a16) (a17) (a18), Nicholas S. Hill (a6) (a19), Teresa Horan (a1), Marin Kollef (a6) (a20), Mitchell Levy (a6) (a21), Edward Septimus (a22) (a23), Carole VanAntwerpen (a24) (a25), Don Wright (a26) and Pamela Lipsett (a6) (a27)...


This article is an executive summary of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Surveillance Definition Working Group, entitled “Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events” and published in Critical Care Medicine. The full report provides a comprehensive description of the Working Group process and outcome.

In September 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened a Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Surveillance Definition Working Group to organize a formal process for leaders and experts of key stakeholder organizations to discuss the challenges of VAP surveillance definitions and to propose new approaches to VAP surveillance in adult patients (Table 1).


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Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, MS A-24, Atlanta, GA 30329 (


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1.Klompas, M, Khan, Y, Kleinman, K, et al. Multicenter evaluation of a novel surveillance paradigm for complications of mechanical ventilation. PLoS One. 2011;6:e18062.
2.Klompas, M, Magill, S, Robicsek, A, et al. Objective definitions for ventilator-associated pneumonia. Crit Care Med. 2012;40:31543161.
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