Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia through aspiration of subglottic secretions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Dimens Crit Care Nurs. Mar-Apr 2012;31(2):102-17. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3182445ff3.


Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a subset of hospital-acquired pneumonias and is a serious, sometimes fatal, complication in patients who need mechanical ventilation. In addition, pay-for-performance initiative has placed increased emphasis on preventing nosocomial infections including VAP. Facilities may not be reimbursed for costs associated with prevalence infections. This article presents a review and meta-analysis of the prevention of VAP through the aspiration of subglottic secretion.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated / prevention & control*
  • Suction*
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome