The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Results of a an Education Program Used in the Reduction of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

Dan Wells, RRT, RN, Jenni Raake, MBA, RRT, NPS, Rick Amato, RRT, NPS

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center

Backround:  Efforts at fighting Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) require intensive education for therapists, nurses, and physicians working in critical care units.  We created an atmosphere with an awareness of factors contributing to VAP to see if it would reduce our rates of VAP.

Methods:  Our efforts included aggressive education focusing on mouth care, handwashing, head of bed position, and use of in-line suction catheters to reduce breaking into the circuit.   We educated therapists, nurses, and physicians on each component of our "ventilator care bundle" and changes in practices were made to focus on reducing VAP.

Results:  Our VAP rate showed a baseline rate of 6.4 per 1000 patient days. After education was provided, our rate dropped  to 1.8 per thousand patient days. 



Conclusions:  Education is a vital and motivating way of improving patient care, and was successful in reducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in our hospital.

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