The Lower Lung Sampling Catheter For Accurate Diagnosis of VAP!
The Diagnosis of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia has consistently been difficult in the critical care setting but now there is another diagnostic option.
Performing a BAL using the Combicath allows for accurate and timely sampling to expedite correct antibiotic therapy as studies have shown the Combicath produces results comparable to bronchoscopically guided BAL/PSB.
As a result, many large hospitals across the United States have already adopted the Combicath technology as part of its VAP treatment protocol and antibiotic reduction strategy. Is it part of yours?
The Combicath has a plugged tip that helps to avoid upper airway contamination. Therefore, unlike tracheal aspirates, the sample obtained will be representative of the lower lung.
Studies have shown the Combicath to be equivalent to Bronchoscopic BAL/PSB. (Casetta, 1999, Pham, Brun-Buisson, 1991, Flanagan, 2000)
Guide Initial Antibiotic Therapy with a High Quality Gram Stain.
Microbiologically Confirm VAP
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