VAP is an infection of the lower respiratory tract. The lower respiratory tract includes:
- Small bronchi (airways)
- Alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs
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VAP affects people who are using a ventilator. This is a machine that helps you breath. VAP is a serious condition. It requires care from a doctor.
Last reviewedJune 2013by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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