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NICE to issue ventilator guidance

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Draft guidance on pneumonia prevention in mechanically ventilated patients is to be published by NICE and the government's patient safety watchdog next month.

Draft guidance on pneumonia prevention in mechanically ventilated patients is to be published by NICE and the government's patient safety watchdog next month.

The guidance, published in conjunction with the National Patient Safety Agency, will also make recommendations on how to improve processes to ensure any medication patients are taking prior to hospital admission is properly documented on admission.

A consultation will begin on 10 October over the proposals and is the first of its kind from NICE that will make recommendations about cost-effective interventions to prevent or mitigate harm in the NHS.

NICE chief executive Andrew Dillon, said: 'This is the first time NICE has developed guidance on safety issues within the NHS. Ventilator-associated pneumonia and ineffective medicines reconciliation at hospital admission are significant causes of patient morbidity and mortality.'

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