Posted: July 5th, 2017

You are caring for a patient with emphysema and respiratory failure who is receiving mechanical ventilation through an endotracheal tube. To prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), which action is most important to include in the plan of care?

You are caring for a patient with emphysema and respiratory failure who is receiving mechanical ventilation through an endotracheal tube. To prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), which action is most important to include in the plan of care?

A. Administer ordered antibiotics as scheduled
B. Hyperoxygenate the patient before suctioning
C. Maintain the head of the bed at a 30 – to 45-degree angle
D. Suction the airway when coarse crackles are audible

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