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From VAP to VAE: Implications of the New CDC Definitions on a Burn Intensive Care Unit Population

  • Anne M. Lachiewicz (a1), David J. Weber (a1) (a2), David van Duin (a1), Shannon S. Carson (a3), Lauren M. DiBiase (a2), Samuel W. Jones (a4) (a5), William A. Rutala (a2), Bruce A. Cairns (a4) (a5) and Emily E. Sickbert-Bennett (a1) (a2)...


Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a frequent complication of severe burn injury. Comparing the current ventilator-associated event-possible VAP definition to the pre-2013 VAP definition, we identified considerably fewer VAP cases in our burn ICU. The new definition does not capture many VAP cases that would have been reported using the pre-2013 definition.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:867–869


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Address correspondence to Anne M. Lachiewicz, MD, MPH, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 130 Mason Farm Road, Mail code CB# 7030, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7030 (


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