In the Certification Test Prep department in the April issue (Crit Care Nurse. 2013:81–84), the rationale for question 4 on page 83 contained errors. Stress ulcer prophylaxis does not prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia. In fact, some studies suggest that use of gastrointestinal prophylaxis may contribute to ventilator-associated pneumonia should the gastric juices be aspirated.
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