Dr. Darling discusses menacing infections in the NICU that affect the long-term outcomes of our fragile patients. Emphasis will be placed on the common bacterial causes of ventilator associated pneumonias (VAPs)and central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs), their treatment and prevention. The impact of infections on hospital length of stay, quality scores, and the potential lack of hospital reimbursement is also described.
List common bacteria that cause CLABSIs and VAPs.
Describe procedures to help decrease the incidence CLABSIs and VAPs.
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Medical Director, Women's and Children's Respiratory Care,
Women's Hospital, North Mississippi Medical Center