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Microbiological lung surveillance in mechanically ventilated patients, using non-directed bronchial lavage and quantitative culture.

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We surveyed bronchial microflora by alternate-day, non-directed bronchial lavage (NBL) in 150 patients requiring mechanical ventilation on an intensive care unit. This simple technique uses a 20 ml non-bronchoscopic lung lavage, then quantitative bacterial culture. NBL bacteriological findings were identical to those obtained by same-day bronchoscopic broncho-alveolar lavage on 16/20 occasions. Using serial NBLs, the bronchial bacterial population was characterized during 65 episodes of pneum...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Medicine, Experimental Medicine Division,
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Medicine, Experimental Medicine Division, Biomedical Research Centre
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Medicine, Experimental Medicine Division
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Journal:
The Quarterly journal of medicine
Volume:
86
Issue:
10
Pages:
635-648
Publication date:
1993-10-05
ISSN:
0033-5622
URN:
uuid:3a6f4136-a3a3-41f8-97d9-76c08c84b0f4
Source identifiers:
54157
Local pid:
pubs:54157

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