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