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Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

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


* Denotes chart annotations, including: specific improvement interventions, definition and / or other specification changes

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
  • Participation in the national improvement collaborative - Solutions for Patient Safety, aimed at eliminating all patient harm. Participants share ideas and data to create learning opportunities and accelerate improvement among hospitals nationally.

View the Operational Definition: Ventilator Associated Pneumonia