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- Chronic lung disease
- Conditions that affect the nervous system
- Weakened immune system
- Prolonged antibiotic use
- Repeated intubation
- Tube placed through a stoma (hole in the throat) rather than down through the nose or mouth
- Prolonged ventilation
- Continuous sedation
- Prolonged period of lying on back
- Older age
- Thick mucus, greenish mucus, or pus-like phlegm
- Bluish color of nails or lips
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- IV antibiotics
- Oxygen therapy to increase the level of oxygen in your body
- Chest physical therapy to loosen and remove thick mucus from the lungs
- Elevate the head of your bed 30°-45°
- Wash their hands before and after touching you or the ventilator
- Clean the inside of your mouth on a regular basis
- Keep you on the ventilator only if it is necessary
- Avoid overly sedating you
- Regularly suction your airway
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
American Thoracic Society http://www.thoracic.org
The Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. FAQs about ventilator-associated pneumonia. Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America website. Available at: http://www.shea-online.org/Assets/files/patient%20guides/NNL%5FVAP.pdf. Accessed February 17, 2014.
- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/17/2014 -
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