Attitudes of Respiratory Therapists and Nurses about Measures to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

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Attitudes of Respiratory Therapists and Nurses About Measures to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: A Multicenter, Cross-Sectional Survey Study Title of Article: The title of the article "Attitudes of Respiratory Therapists and Nurses About Measures to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: A Multicenter, Cross-Sectional Survey Study" clearly identifies the purpose of the study. It clearly identifies the dependent variable as Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) rate, the independent variable of staff compliance to prevention measures, and the population of Respiratory Therapists (RTs) and Registered Nurses (RNs). Objective: The authors clearly state the objective is to understand reported practices and adherences to evidenced-based guidelines by RTs and RNs. The methods mentioned are; multicenter, cross-sectioned survey, non-identifiable geographic information, and questions concerning practices to prevent VAP based on evidence-supported guidelines. The authors report three major findings; participants frequently practiced VAP prevention measures, the rate of adherence to ineffective measures is relatively high, and a substantial portion did not know the VAP rate for their institutions. The authors concluded consumers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organization's efforts to implement mandatory reporting of hospital infections, including VAP, the need for a VAP definition suitable for individual organizations, a need for a

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