Mechanically ventilated patients are at high risk for developing complications and, for many years, critical care teams have been tracking the number of patients developing ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). However, the ability to use VAP surveillance for prevention of complications is limited. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released definitions for ventilator associated events (VAE). This presentation will identify the limitations of VAP, discuss the reasoning behind the CDC’s VAE definitions, and outline strategies respiratory therapists can use to prevent VAEs.
Sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Hamilton Medical.
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