Table 2

Ranges of sensitivity and specificity for endotracheal aspirate (ETA), protected specimen brush (PSB) and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in the diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)

ETAPSBBAL
Sensitivity %38–10033–10042–93
Specificity %14–10050–10045–100
  • ETA: endotracheal aspirate; PSB: protected specimen brush; BAL: bronchoalveolar lavage.