• Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

    Why this measure is important:

    • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the second most common hospital-acquired infection in pediatric Intensive Care Units (ICUs) nationally.
    • Research has shown that children who acquire VAP in the hospital are at high risk of multiple serious complications.

    How we measure:

    Number of associated pneumonias per 1,000 ventilator days. Each day that the patient is on a ventilator counts as one ventilator day

    ventilator-associated-pneumonias

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    What we are doing to improve:

    • Implementing process changes, including placement of the head of the bed at a 30 degree angle which  have been shown to help prevent VAP
    • Exploring the use of new technology to improves care including the use of a specific type  of ventilator tubing material which helps prevent the growth of bacteria
    • Redesigning workspace around the bedside to improve the efficiency of  care delivered to patients on mechanical ventilators
    • Reviewing VAP occurrences and related data  to identify ways for preventing future VAPs

    View the Operational Definition: Ventilator Associated Pneumonia