This article is an executive summary of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Surveillance Definition Working Group, entitled “Developing a New, National Approach to Surveillance for Ventilator-Associatied Events,” published in Critical Care Medicine, by Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, et al. 2013;41(11):2467–2475. The full report provides a comprehensive description of the Working Group’s process and outcome.

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