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A Two–Hospital Multidiscinary Approach towards the Reduction of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

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BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The U.S. is experiencing a national epidemic of obesity. Currently 5 % of the population is considered morbidly obese (body mass index [BMI] .40 kg/m 2) and bariatric surgery has become popular as an effective therapy for morbid obesity. The term bariatric surgery encompasses a variety of surgical procedures and there is limited published infection data. Our institution established a Bariatric and Metabolic Institute in 2004 and surveillance for surgical site infections (SSI) and bloodstream infections (BSI) was initiated July 1, 2005.

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