Document Release: ATS/IDSA Guidelines on HAP/VAPJuly 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm
Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) — which account for 20 to 25 percent of hospital-acquired infections — should be treated with shorter courses of antibiotics, according to new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and American Thoracic Society. Contributors included infectious disease, pulmonary and critical care specialists; surgeons; pharmacologists; microbiologists; professional librarians; and methodologists from around the globe Endorsements include: the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Chest Physicians. Previous guidelines were published in 2005. View the 2016 guidelines.