Patient Safety Tool: Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Prevention Guide

The Health Research and Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, offers a free implementation guide to preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia.

The guide was developed by Cynosure Health for the HRET Hospital Engagement Network, which supports CMS' Partnership for Patients initiative. The guide includes the primary drivers of VAP prevention and the ABCDE Bundle, which includes the following elements:

A: Awakening trials for ventilated patients
B: Spontaneous breathing trials
C: RN and respiratory therapist coordination to perform spontaneous breathing trials by reducing or stopping sedation to awaken the patient
D: Standard delirium assessment program, including treatment and prevention options
E: Early mobilization and ambulation of critically ill patients

Download the "Implementation Guide to Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia" for use in your own facility.

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