Reduction in Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
Alicia A. D'Andrea, RRT                                                           adandrea@covhlth.com
Manager, Respiratory Therapy - Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), hospital acquired pneumonia occurs in 0.5% - 1% of admitted patients, representing 10 -15% of all nosocomial infections; pneumonia is the most common cause of nosocomial infections in the ICU's. VAP is the leading cause of death among hospital-acquired infections. Project goal was to develop a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach incorporating many interventions that are results oriented, aimed at reducing harm, and have a cost avoidance outcome in critical care areas. Identify the knowledge deficit: Use of the ventilator bundle elements to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia on the part of the Critical Care RN's and Respiratory Therapists. Grow a sense of ownership among the team. Also improve communication between disciplines when implementing sedation vacations and weaning protocols. Oral care and preventative measures on high risk patients needed to become a priority for every patient every time. Goal is to reduce patient harm from VAP by event and rate, aiming for zero.

    
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TCPS Launches PSO Services

Following approval by the THA board of directors, the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS) is preparing to launch new patient safety organization (PSO) services. 

Click here to read the complete memo from Craig Becker, THA President.

 
 

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