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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

What is ventilator-associated pneumonia?

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a serious hospital-acquired infection of the lungs. VAP occurs when germs enter the lungs through breathing aids, like ventilators or respirators, and cause infection.

Why do we measure?

  • VAP can make a patient sicker, prolong recovery and increase length of hospital stay.

  • Rate of VAP can indicate how safe our environment is for patients.

How do we measure?

The rate of VAP is calculated using the total number of patients infected for every 1,000 ventilator days.

How are we improving?

  • We participated in the Center for Disease Control's National Healthcare Safety Network to monitor and reduce VAP.

  • We take important steps to reduce VAP, including:

    • Limiting ventilator use

    • Enforcing strict guidelines for  hand washing

    • Enforcing proper guidelines for care of vent equipment

    • Providing good mouth hygiene


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