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Impact of Tracheotomy on Colonization and Infection of Lower Airways in Children Requiring Long-term Ventilation

P Morar, V Singh, A S Jones, J Hughes, R van Saene
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Determination of the following: (1) colonization and infection rates in children requiring long-term ventilation initially via a transtracheal tube and subsequently via a tracheotomy; (2) the number of infection episodes per 1,000 ventilation days, during both types of artificial airways; and (3) routes of colonization/infection of the lower airways, ie, whether the pathogenesis was endogenous (via the oropharynx) or exogenous (via the transtracheal tube or tracheotomy)...
January 1998: Chest
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