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.
The “Getting Started” kits were based on the current state of knowledge at the time of publication. Since their introduction, new evidence has emerged which should be reviewed and incorporated by hospitals and their clinical teams.