Interobserver variability in ventilator-associated pneumonia surveillance

Am J Infect Control. 2010 Apr;38(3):237-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2009.10.003. Epub 2010 Feb 19.


Three infection control personnel and 1 physician independently evaluated 50 ventilated patients for ventilator-associated pneumonia through retrospective chart reviews. The infection control reviewers used Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria; the physician used clinical judgment. Infection control personnel labelled between 11 and 20 patients with VAP (kappa = 0.40). The physician diagnosed 7 cases. Interobserver variability in the assessment of ventilator-associated pneumonia is high.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Middle Aged
  • Observer Variation
  • Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated / epidemiology*
  • Young Adult