Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the leading cause of death among hospital acquired infections and substantially increases the likelihood of mortality for ventilated patients. The goal of the VAP intervention is to implement the "VAP bundle" of practices to prevent VAP infections and deaths. There are two measures – the VAP rate per 1,000 ventilator days and the implementation of the five evidence-based "bundle" elements.

VAP Getting Started Kit

(Revised June 2012)
Safer Healthcare Now
Updated 2012
VAP 1-Pager (NEW)
Nov 2012
VAP 1-pager (OLD)
Sept 2011
Surveillance Definitions
CDC/NHSN (adapted)
Sept 2011

As stated in the IHI and SHN campaigns, the “Getting Started” kits are based on the current state of knowledge. Consistent with the dynamic nature of this campaign, which continues to evolve, emerging evidence may influence adaptation of the kits in the future. The kits are reviewed and updated as indicated.

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