The CDC’s proposed definitions of a ventilator-associated condition accurately and efficiently identified pediatric patients, according to data presented at the 2014 AAP National Conference and Exhibition.

Researchers applied the CDC’s definition of a VAC to a clinical decision support database of 606 patients to identify patients with VAC during a one-year period.

Approximately 14.5% of patients had VAC and 8.1% had infection-related ventilator-associated complication (IVAC). Of those with IVAC, 55% had pneumonia, 28.6% had possible pneumonia and 16.3% had an undetermined infection.