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Ventilator-associated pneumonia or VAP is caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi where the patient is on mechanical ventilation.
Mechanical ventilation is a method used to assist or replace breathing. This may involve a machine called a ventilator. Mechanical ventilation involves passing a tube through the mouth (such as an endotracheal tube) or the skin (such as a tracheostomy tube) and into the airway to support respiration. An infection may occur if pathogens enter through the tube and get into the patient’s lungs.
Patients who are supported by ventilators are at a higher risk of acquiring pneumonia for several reasons, including impaired mobility, impaired ability to cough, and the presence of foreign equipment in their airway.
On average, we see one VAP for every 5,000 days our patients are on a ventilator.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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