Reduction in the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia: a multidisciplinary approach.

@article{Arroliga2012ReductionIT,
  title={Reduction in the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia: a multidisciplinary approach.},
  author={Alejandro C Arroliga and Claire L Pollard and Callie D Wilde and Shad J Pellizzari and Ahmad Chebbo and Juhee Song and Joann Ordner and Stacy Cormier and Tricia Meyer},
  journal={Respiratory care},
  year={2012},
  volume={57 5},
  pages={688-96}
}
BACKGROUND We report the process implemented in our institution by a task force focused on the reduction of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). METHODS Retrospective cohort study of all adults admitted to one of our 4 adult ICUs, intubated on invasive mechanical ventilation. We implemented a ventilator bundle in April of 2007; we report the incidence of VAP in 2008, and, after adjustment in the process (oral care performed by respiratory therapists), the incidence in 2009. The primary… CONTINUE READING