Accreditation

Putting a stop to ventilator-associated pneumonia

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, June 1, 2009

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For a long time, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) had been viewed as an unavoidable evil, particularly in ICUs.

The healthcare-associated infection (HAI) was a common occurrence among patients who had been on mechanical ventilation on an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube for more than 48 hours. However, as with many HAIs, the healthcare world’s view on prevention has changed. Lee Memorial Health System, a Ft. Myers, FL–based health system, targeted VAP as an HAI the organization would completely eradicate.

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